Report: MLB's 2021 draft order expected to be based on 2020 standings
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As the shortened regular season nears its conclusion, it appears the worst teams in baseball have something to look forward to.

MLB's 2021 draft order is highly likely to be determined by the results of the 2020 campaign, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

There was some uncertainty around the draft order due to a clause in a March agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association, notes Passan. The clause allowed the league to potentially change how the order was determined if the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Passan's source.

The Pittsburgh Pirates would own the No. 1 pick in 2021 if the 2020 regular season ended Tuesday and MLB used the final standings to determine draft order.

The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox would select second and third overall, respectively. The Arizona Diamondbacks would pick fourth, followed by the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals at No. 5.

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