Free Agent Compensation All-Star Team

It can pay to lose a free agent, if the result is a well-employed draft pick or two.  Using players drafted and signed as compensation picks, here's my All-Star team for drafts dating back to 2000.

  • Catcher: Kelly Shoppach.  Drafted by Red Sox in '01, pick from Phillies for loss of Rheal Cormier.  He'll be backed up by Nick Hundley, who was drafted by the Padres in '05 on a pick from the Red Sox for the loss of David Wells.  Jeff Mathis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were also under consideration.
  • First Base: Ike Davis.  Drafted by Mets in '08, pick from Braves for loss of Tom Glavine.  There were surprisingly few choices for my first baseman.  Conor Jackson would work, though he's currently being used in left field.
  • Second Base: Kelly Johnson.  Drafted by Braves in '00 as a supplemental pick for loss of Jose Hernandez to Brewers.
  • Shortstop: Tommy Manzella.  Drafted by Astros in '05, pick from Mets for loss of Carlos Beltran.  Not too many names to choose from here.
  • Third Base: David Wright.  Drafted by Mets in '01 as a supplemental pick for loss of Mike Hampton to the Rockies.  Wright's in the running for the best compensation pick of the decade; he was drafted 38th overall.
  • Left Field: Jacoby Ellsbury.  Drafted by Red Sox in '05, pick from Angels for loss of Orlando Cabrera.  Chris Coghlan and Conor Jackson were also under consideration.
  • Center Field: Colby Rasmus.  Drafted by Cardinals in '05, pick from Red Sox for loss of Edgar Renteria.  Interestingly, Rasmus went five picks after Ellsbury.  The Rangers' Julio Borbon is another interesting center field compensation pick.
  • Right Field: Nick Swisher.  Drafted by Athletics in '02, pick from Red Sox for loss of Johnny Damon.  One of two Moneyball draft compensation picks to make the cut.
  • Designated Hitter: Adam Lind.  Drafted by Blue Jays in '04, pick from Angels for loss of Kelvim Escobar.
  • Starting Pitcher: Adam Wainwright.  Drafted by Braves in '00, pick from D'Backs for loss of Russ Springer.
  • Starting Pitcher: Phil Hughes.  Drafted by Yankees in '04, pick from Astros for loss of Andy Pettitte.
  • Starting Pitcher: Joe Blanton.  Drafted by A's in '02, pick from Yankees for loss of Jason Giambi.
  • Starting Pitcher: Clay Buchholz.  Drafted by Red Sox in '05 as a supplemental pick for the loss of Pedro Martinez to the Mets.
  • Starting Pitcher: Jordan Zimmermann.  Drafted by Nationals in '07, pick from Cubs for loss of Alfonso Soriano.  If you think Zimmermann should be excluded since he's recovering from Tommy John surgery, consider Jeremy Bonderman, Glen Perkins, Gio Gonzalez, Ian Kennedy, and Tommy Hunter.
  • Closer: Huston Street.  Drafted by A's in '04 as supplemental pick for the loss of Miguel Tejada to the Orioles.
  • Setup Man: J.P. Howell.  Drafted by Royals in '04 as supplemental pick for the loss of Raul Ibanez to the Mariners.  That was actually Howell's second time as a compensation pick.  Three more who belong in our bullpen: David Aardsma, Daniel Bard, and Joba Chamberlain.

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  1. aap212 5 years ago

    Fun feature.

  2. Not a bad team. Would almost certainly have a winning record in the NL.

  3. Rich_in_NJ 5 years ago

    As much as it stung to lose Pettitte, getting Hughes as a consolation prize was pretty sweet.

    • AllPraiseBeToMo 5 years ago

      I coulda swore we got Hughes from losing Tom Gordon to the Phillies.

  4. jdub220 5 years ago

    Yaaaay, my team lost Adam Wainwright. But at least we got Russ Springer!
    Thanks Mr. Colangelo.

    • aap212 5 years ago

      No one else would have drafted Wainwright that high. Typical Georgia kid they scouted in their own backyard.

      • jdub220 5 years ago

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  5. Yankees10 5 years ago

    Interesting stuff, nice job Tim.

  6. I think that Brian Roberts should be your second baseman.

  7. Basil_Ganglia 5 years ago

    The pick Arizona used came when the Mariners signed Greg Colbrunn. Bob Melvin absolutely HAD to have Greg Colbrunn, so Gillick signed him. Melvin then forgot Colbrunn even existed, giving him about 60 PAs. For that the Mariners surrendered a first round pick.

    WRT J.P. Howell, the Mariners signed Ibañez about one week before the deadline to offer arbitration. It was common knowledge that the Royals weren’t going to offer arbitration to Ibañez; Gillick simply gave away the Mariners first round pick because he didn’t want it.

    It was decisions such as those that resulted in the Mariners minor leagues being so bereft of talent when Gillick quit. He saw the mess that was coming (and that he created) and got out so the implosion didn’t happen on his watch.

  8. lostinnebraska 5 years ago

    JP Howell, really Joba Chamberlain was drafted 41st overall by the New York Yankees in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft; the Yankees received that draft pick as free agent compensation for Tom Gordon, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

  9. aap212 5 years ago

    Because the Mets got a good not great prospect with their pick? You guys got Heyward the year before. Try to contain your sorrow.

  10. Zack23 5 years ago

    That’s not the point.
    Braves gave up the 18th pick in the draft for 42 year old Tim Glavine, who pitched an ineffective 63 innings. That’s a bad move.

  11. nymets4581 5 years ago

    I think I’d like to thank Mike Hampton more than you’d like to thank Kelvim.

  12. Dave4G4e 5 years ago

    excellent point

  13. Dave4G4e 5 years ago

    true lol

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