Once again the Devil Rays are in the running for the first overall pick and have a very good chance at becoming the first team to ever have the top pick in the amateur draft two years in a row (until recently, the top pick alternated between leagues). Last season we tracked the race for the top pick and with the Devil Rays in the running again this season, we feel compelled now to make this an annual feature.

Last year at this time, the top pick was not a sure thing, but David Price appeared to be the clear favorite. Without an obvious top choice for the 2008 draft, we decided to name this feature after the inaugural namesake. While we plan on running this feature each year in September, we do hope that one of these seasons the Tampa Bay Rays are not among the contenders.

The 2nd Annual David Price Sweepstakes and the race for the top pick in the 2008 draft…

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 65 92 4-6 W2
Florida Marlins 67 90 2.0 3-7 W1 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 90 2.0 1-9 W1 4
Baltimore Orioles 67 90 2.0 4-6 L1 4
Kansas City 68 89 3.0 5-5 W1 3
Chicago White Sox 68 89 3.0 5-5 L2 3
Houston Astros 69 88 4.0 6-4 W1 2
San Francisco 70 88 4.5 4-6 L1 1

Despite Dioner Navarro’s heroics against the Yankees, the Rays magic number is now 4 after both the Marlins and the Pirates also won their games. The Buccos ended a 9-game losing streak. The Rays did pull within 2 games of the Orioles and still have a shot at 4th place in the AL East…Another one bites the dust as the Washinton Nationals picked a W last night and were eliminated from contention for the top pick of the 2008 draft. San Fran and Houston can both be eliminated this evening although Houston would need a win and a Rays loss.



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