First Round Picks On The Move At Winter Meetings

At least 50 transactions were completed during the winter meetings this week, including 16 free agent signings, eight trades, three waiver claims, and 14 minor league signings. A total of eight first round picks were involved in those transactions, not including Jeremy Hermida and Andrew Miller, former first rounders who were designated for assignment by the Padres and re-signed by the Red Sox, respectively. Let’s recap the first rounders that changed addresses during the last five days…

Interestingly enough, three of the four largest contracts handed out this week were given to players selected in the 5th round (C.J. Wilson), 13th round (Albert Pujols), and 38th round (Mark Buehrle) of the draft. The lone exception is Jose Reyes, who signed with the Mets as an international free agent.


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3 years 7 months ago

I remember when Mark Buehrle first came up with the White Sox and they said he was a 38th round pick, I remarked “I didn’t even know there was a 38th round?”

Madman2TX
3 years 7 months ago

Kenny Rogers was drafted in the 39th round and had a pretty good career for the Rangers. You never can tell…

Justin Gray
3 years 7 months ago

can’t forget that soon-to-be ace for the pittsburgh pirates, Aaron Poreda!!!  first rounder in 2007.  picked up in the AAA portion of the rule 5 draft.  i can’t trust MLBTR anymore!!!!  just kidding

3 years 7 months ago

Also, how in the world can MLBTR forget Matt Antonelli? I mean he’s the crowning jewel in the Orioles free agency signings so far! He was the 17th pick in the 2006 draft. Henson was a “throw in” for the Eveland trade and yet Antonelli who’s done nothing so far in career is given a MLB contract. I would love to be a fly in the Oriole “War Room” to see and hear how exactly they evaluate talent. Can’t wait to see who’s going to play outfield for us in the minors. It’s not like Xavier Avery is not exactly tearing things up down there and we go and trade one of our prospects for a do nothing pitcher!

3 years 7 months ago

Because he wasn’t signed during the Winter Meetings!

Fred_G_Sanford
3 years 7 months ago

surprised how many people can’t read!  i’m an old man and even i can.

3 years 7 months ago

Ok what did I miss there?

3 years 7 months ago

Nothing, I am the one who can’t read.
Fred, responded or tried to respond to me I believe.

It’s more like I didn’t read the beginning of the article.

mwagner26
3 years 7 months ago

I still can’t believe KW traded Sergio Santos.

3 years 7 months ago

He was the only competent closer on the White Sox in 2011.

mwagner26
3 years 7 months ago

I get the feeling that he has no clue what he’s doing.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

he got a pretty damn good arm off the jays.. at worst, molina will be what santos is now, at best he’s a middle of the rotation starter. 

slider32
3 years 7 months ago

The White Sox are rebuilding or they would have resigned Beurhle. Santos was what the Jays needed and is under control for a long period. Molina has the upside to be a #2 starter. This was a good trade for both teams.

3 years 7 months ago

Molina’s fastball top out at 91 and the range is from 88-91, that kind of fastball would be eaten alive by the AL East. He does have 4 good pitches but they are all average. The Jays had a pitcher like him, Brad Mills, who dominated the minors but got eaten alive in the majors (Molina is better than him though). Molina cannot be the closer in this league with that fastball, a really good setup man, yes. All the scouts are saying that Molina is a number 4 starter and at best a number 3, no way that he can become a dominant number 2 with his velocity and a lack of a dominant pitch. Santos on the other hand has a 95mph fastball and one of the best sliders in the game. Molina gets players out with his amazing control, but it doesnt matter how amazing your control is in the majors, teams will hit against you. But, if the White Sox gamble pays off this could be a fair trade (Jays could lose if Santos regresses).

Pawapuro
3 years 7 months ago

“it doesnt matter how amazing your control is in the majors, teams will hit against you.”

Greg Maddux says hi.

3 years 7 months ago

The batters and scouts have gotten alot smarter since the Maddux days. There are alot more players that hit smart than hit with roids now. Comming from a Jays fan that has watched Molina pitch and read every scouting report about him, I’m saying at best he is Marcum (which is really good) and at worst he is Brad Mills (which is really bad). By the way he was known as the 8th or 9th best pitching prospect in the Jays system, he wasnt even on the radar until his amazing stats last season.

slider32
3 years 7 months ago

Most great players come in the first 10 picks of the draft, but sometimes a team gets lucky like with Piazza, Pujols, and Beurhle. Once you get near the end of the first round your chances of getting a major starter is no better than the 2nd,3rd, or 4th round.