The compensation pick the Chicago Cubs will get from the St. Louis Cardinals will come at the end of the compensation round, which will come directly after the first round of the draft. This is because Dexter Fowler signed a big deal which, under thew new CBA, awards the team the free agent leaves a competitive balance pick. The pick could be as low as the 33rd, or as high as 25th. There are three more free agents yet to sign so the pick will be determined based on those signings. It is a pretty good set up for a team that led Major League Baseball in wins last season.
This pick may or may not even be pivotal to future success. But if there is anything the Cubs brass has taught us is that they know how to utilize every facet of the system to achieve their goals. cubs nuggets