The recently completed Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is an opportunity for franchises to stockpile talent for the future. But for smaller market franchises like the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Kansas City Royals, who rarely sign big-money free agents, it's even more important.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected third baseman Pedro Alvarez with the second pick of the 2008 MLB Draft columnist, Peter Gammons, says the MLB Draft is free agency, for those franchises.