Red Sox draft order fate coming right down to the wire

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That No. 3 overall pick is so, so close.

While the Red Sox can't secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft thanks to the Pirates' miserable 2020 season, and No. 2 is also out of the equation due to the Rangers woes, Chaim Bloom's club is in solid position heading into the final game of the regular season to perhaps be in line to grab what might be the draft's best position player.

If the Red Sox lose against the Braves Sunday, they will have locked up No. 3. But there is also a way they can accomplish the feat by getting a lock-down outing from Nick Pivetta and storm into the offseason with their 24th win.

If the Red Sox win, but the Orioles and Tigers also come away victorious, the better pick goes to Boston.

The issue with Baltimore is that while the Orioles are one game better than the Sox heading into Sunday they own the tie-breaker (record from the 2019) season so would get the better pick with a Red Sox win and O's loss.

The Tigers, who sit at 23-34, carry a bit more complex scenario.

Having played two fewer games than the Red Sox the ultimate draft order may be decided Monday, when Detroit may have to play one or two games against the Cardinals.

The worst-case scenario (draft order-wise) for the Red Sox will obviously come if they win Sunday and both the Orioles and Tigers lose. That would put Bloom and Co. at No. 5 overall.

Disclaimer: This is all assuming Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't change the rules, which he isn't expected to.