The Astros forfeited their first-round pick as part of their penalty for illegally stealing signs.
If a team that loses a qualifying free agent is a revenue-sharing recipient, and the lost player signs for at least $50 million, the team is awarded a compensatory pick between the first round and Competitive Balance Round A. If the player signs for less than $50 million, the compensation pick for the team comes after Competitive Balance Round B.
None of the eight free agents who declined a qualifying offer this year played for a revenue-sharing recipient, so there are no compensation picks following the first round.
All teams that have either one of the 10 smallest markets or 10 smallest revenue pools receive an additional pick at the end of the first or second round. In 2017, six picks were assigned between the first and second rounds based on a formula that considers winning percentage and revenue. The remaining eight eligible teams received a supplemental selection between the second and third rounds. The groups of teams alternate between the two rounds each year. In 2018, there were eight Comp Round A picks and six in Round B. In 2019, there were six Comp Round A picks and eight in Round B.
Competitive Balance picks may be traded and are not subject to forfeiture.
The Astros and Red Sox forfeited their second-round picks as part of their penalties for illegally stealing signs.
The Angels, Braves, D-backs, Phillies and Yankees forfeited their second-round picks as a result of signing qualified free agents.
If a team that loses a qualifying free agent does not receive revenue sharing and did not exceed the luxury-tax salary threshold the previous season, it is awarded a compensatory pick after Competitive Balance Round B.
Here are the eight free agents from such teams who declined a qualifying offer, in the order in which the teams will receive compensation picks:
Madison Bumgarner, Giants
Will Smith, Giants
Zack Wheeler, Mets
Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals
Anthony Rendon, Nationals
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
Josh Donaldson, Braves
Gerrit Cole, Astros
The Braves forfeited the compensation pick they received for the Twins' signing of Donaldson when they subsequently signed Ozuna.
Compensation for Madison Bumgarner, who signed with the D-backs. Arizona forfeited its second-round pick.
Compensation for Will Smith, who signed with the Braves. Atlanta forfeited its second-round pick.
Compensation for Zack Wheeler, who signed with the Phillies. Philadelphia forfeited its second-round pick.
Compensation for Marcell Ozuna, who signed with the Braves. Atlanta forfeited its third-round pick.
Compensation for Anthony Rendon, who signed with the Angels. Los Angeles forfeited its second-round pick.
Compensation for Gerrit Cole, who signed with the Yankees. New York forfeited its second- and fifth-round picks.
The Twins forfeited their third-round pick for signing Josh Donaldson.
The Yankees forfeited their fifth-round pick for signing Gerrit Cole.