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 93 4-6 L1
Baltimore Orioles 67 91 2.0 3-7 L2 3
Pittsburgh Pirates 68 91 2.5 2-8 L1 2
Florida Marlins 68 90 3.0 3-7 W2 2
Kansas City 68 90 3.0 4-6 L1 2
Chicago White Sox 69 89 4.0 5-5 L2 1

The And then there were six. Two more teams were eliminated last night. The Giants were eliminated on the basis of the Rays loss to the Yankees, and the Astros were eliminated after their win. The Rays magic number is now 3 with 4 to go. At this point it looks like the Rays best hope is to finish tied with the Orioles. If the Rays finish 4-0 they would need the Orioles to close out 1-3 to pass them. Not impossible. But asking a lot.



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