All qualifying offers declined; Draft order clearer
Final ledger dependent on teams re-signing current players that rejected deals
There were 13 players headed toward free agency who were given qualifying offers to stay with their old clubs. On Monday, as the 5 p.m. ET deadline passed, all officially 13 declined the offers. That means there is the possibility of 13 additional Draft picks come June.
Each of these free agents was offered a one-year deal for $14.1 million. That salary was determined by averaging the top 125 player salaries from the 2013 season. Any team making such an offer, if rejected, receives a compensatory Draft pick at the end of the first round (assuming the player signs elsewhere). All compensatory picks will be made in reverse order of winning percentage from the 2013 season.
2014 draft order
|1. Astros||17. Orioles|
|2. Marlins||18. Yankees|
|3. White Sox||19. Royals|
|4. Cubs||20. Nationals|
|5. Twins||21. Reds|
|6. Mariners||22. Rangers|
|7. Phillies||23. Rays|
|8. Rockies||24. Indians|
|9. Blue Jays||25. Dodgers|
|10. Mets||26. Tigers|
|11. Blue Jays*||27. Pirates|
|12. Brewers||28. Athletics|
|13. Padres||29. Braves|
|14. Giants||30. Red Sox|
|15. Angels||31. Cardinals|
|Comp Round A**|
|32. Mariners (Morales)|
|33. Yankees (Cano/Granderson/Kuroda)|
|34. Yankees (Cano/Granderson/Kuroda)|
|35. Yankees (Cano/Granderson/Kuroda)|
|36. Royals (Santana)|
|37. Reds (Choo)|
|38. Rangers (Cruz)|
|39. Indians (Jimenez)|
|40. Braves (McCann)|
|41. Red Sox (Drew/Ellsbury/Napoli)|
|42. Red Sox (Drew/Ellsbury/Napoli)|
|43. Red Sox (Drew/Ellsbury/Napoli)|
|44. Cardinals (Beltran)|
The Yankees and the Red Sox have the most to gain in terms of picks, having extended offers to three impending free agents each. It's quite possible each team will re-sign some of these players, meaning they won't get compensation for them. The Yankees did get two extra picks in 2013 as a result of this system.
For now, those picks will take place in Compensation Round A, picks 32-44. There are 31 picks in the first round, with the Blue Jays receiving compensation (pick No. 11) for not signing Phil Bickford last summer. There is a good chance the picks will move up. The new rules dictate that the team signing a qualifying-offer free agent lose its first-round pick, unless it has a selection in the top 10, in which case it forfeits its next-highest pick.
Based on the reverse order of standings, the Mariners (for Kendrys Morales ) would have the first pick in the round, at No. 32. The Yankees' three picks (Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Hiroki Kuroda ) would come next, followed by the Royals (Ervin Santana ), the Reds (Shin-Soo Choo ), the Rangers (Nelson Cruz ), the Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez ) and the Braves (Brian McCann ). The Red Sox three picks (Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli ) come stacked up next at Nos. 41-43, with the Cardinals (Carlos Beltran ) closing out the round at No. 44
Last year, nine players were extended qualifying offers of $13.3 million for one year. All nine turned the offer down. Three of the players -- David Ortiz, Adam LaRoche and Kuroda -- re-signed with the teams they had been with, meaning there were six compensation picks as a result of qualifying offers made in the 2013 Draft.
All six of those compensation selections were considered first-round picks -- Nos. 28-33 -- because of those forfeited first-round picks. The Brewers lost the 17th pick for signing Kyle Lohse, the Angels gave up pick No. 22 for Josh Hamilton, the Braves forfeited the 28th pick for B.J. Upton and the Nationals gave up pick No. 29 for Rafael Soriano. The first-round picks are not reassigned, as they were under the old rules, but rather vanish, shrinking the first round.
The additional picks turned into two high-school lefties (Rob Kaminsky went to the Cardinals and Ian Clarkin is a Yankee), two college pitchers (the Rays took Ryne Stanek and the Braves took Jason Hursh), a high-school infielder (Travis Demeritte is now a Brave) and one college outfielder (the Yankees used one of their extra picks for Aaron Judge ).
Even if all 13 players sign with other teams, the size of the compensation round will be small in comparison. In 2012, the year before the rules changed, there were 29 picks in Compensation Round A.