At some points of some seasons, if they are clearly out of the playoff race, do MLB teams try to lose intentionally? The answer is yes and no. Acquiring high draft picks can often backfire as can a fire sale of a team's best and likely most expensive players.
Is the gamble worth it? The Astros & Rays might say yes. But the Angels, never quite bad enough to get a top draft pick, might want to consider trying something different. We talk about teams that tank, teams that seem like they are but are not, and what are the risks and rewards of tanking the season.
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