The 2014 MLB Draft Order for the first round and compensation round is starting to look clearer.
There were 13 free agents who received qualifying offers from their 2013 team at the end of this past season:
Kendrys Morales, Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees
Ervin Santana, Kansas City Royals
Shin-Soo Choo, Cincinnati Reds
Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers
Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland Indians
Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Boston Red Sox
Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals
This meant that whatever team they were signed by would lose their highest draft pick. One exception is teams that draft in the first ten picks. The Seattle Mariners signed Cano and the Mets signed Granderson but because both teams were drafting in the first ten picks of the first round, those picks don’t get forfeited.
The New York Yankees signed McCann, Ellsbury, and Beltran. With McCann, they lost a draft pick regardless of whether it was. As for signing Ellsbury and Beltran but losing out on resigning Cano and Granderson, things got even trickier. Since Kuroda and Napoli resigned with their teams respectively, those compensation picks are now removed from the compensation round.
From Brian MacPherson at the Providence Journal:
One clarification on the rules: Though Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson both signed elsewhere, the Yankees have lost their first-round pick plus both compensatory picks for Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran, not their first-, second- and third-round picks. A team forfeits its highest available selection for signing a qualifying-offer free agent — except if that selection is (a) in the top 10; or (b) compensation for failing to sign a draft pick a year ago, such as is the case for Toronto at No. 11 overall this year.
As of now, the Cardinals will draft 30th and 33rd depending on where the other players sign.
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