Free Agents Who Cost Draft Picks

The Tigers committed $214MM to sign Prince Fielder yesterday afternoon, but that's not all they gave up — the Brewers will obtain Detroit's first round pick in the upcoming amateur draft. Here's the complete list of players who cost their new teams draft picks this offseason:

  • Albert Pujols – Angels lose 19th overall pick to Cardinals, who also obtain a supplementary first rounder
  • Prince Fielder - Tigers lose 27th overall pick to Brewers, who also obtain a supplementary first rounder
  • Jonathan Papelbon - Phillies lose 31st overall pick to Red Sox, who also obtain a supplementary first rounder
  • Jose Reyes – Marlins lose 67th overall pick to Mets, who also obtain a supplementary first rounder
  • C.J. Wilson – Angels lose 78th overall pick to Rangers, who also obtain a supplementary first rounder

In previous years, middle relievers and second-tier free agents such as Juan Cruz cost draft picks. This limited their employment prospects considerably, but the Players Association pushed for changes in negotiations leading up to the collective bargaining agreement, and teams no longer surrender picks for as many free agents. As a result Matt Capps, Octavio Dotel, Darren Oliver and others faced one less obstacle this offseason.

One year ago, under the previous CBA, teams gave up picks to sign Victor Martinez, Adam Dunn, Jayson Werth, Carl Crawford, Scott Downs, Cliff Lee, Adrian Beltre, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. Two years ago, teams gave up picks to sign Jose ValverdeJason Bay, Mike Gonzalez, John Lackey, Chone Figgins, Marco Scutaro and Billy Wagner.

Next offseason, teams will only offer players arbitration if they're prepared to pay a one-year salary that matches or exceeds the average salary of the 125 highest-paid players from the previous season (likely more than $12MM).

Draft order via River Ave. Blues.

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  1. gtl11 3 years ago

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t believe Matt Holliday cost the Cardinals a pick as they had traded for him before (re)signing him in the offseason.

  2. Didn’t the Padres gain a pick from the Marlins for Bell?

    Edit: Nevermind, that was under the old system and the Marlins’ first rounder is protected.

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      I’m fairly certain they get a supplemental pick.

  3. tfsmag 3 years ago

    So how does this work again? Sorry but I swore I read somewhere that Carlos Pena signing with the Rays wound up netting the cubs a draft pick, but he’s not on this list. 

    //edit: Teams losing a pick must only be for Type A guys

    • Jeff 3 years ago

      the cubs get a supplementary pick between the 1st and 2nd rounds.  The Rays don’t lose a pick.

  4. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    The river avenue blues order needs a little updating, the phillies gain a spot ahead of the reds’ second round pick, and now the compensation for fielder

  5. I thought the new CBA was such that the team that lost the player got a pick but the team that signed the player didn’t lose a pick.

  6. NWDC 3 years ago

    The Nats didn’t give up a pick to sign Jayson Werth, only top half of standings teams give up picks.

    Also, Adam Dunn cost the White Sox a pick.  LOL.  WORST.  SIGNING.  EVER.

  7. FS54 3 years ago

    Feel bad for Mets. They should have traded him when they had a chance. Definitely would have gotten more than a supplementary pick and 67th pick in a weak class.

    • Joveoak 3 years ago

      It didn’t help the Mets’ cause that Reyes was on the Disabled List before the Trade Deadline.

      • FS54 3 years ago

        Wasn’t Beltran also on DL or just got off DL? Anyways, according to game logs at BBref, reyes was playing regularly since July 19th.

        • Joveoak 3 years ago

          Beltran was not on the disabled list while he was with the Mets during the 2011 season.  You are confusing 2011 with 2010 (which he came off his knee surgery).

          • FS54 3 years ago

            OK, that must have happened. Anyways Reyes was not on DL. I remember Peavy was traded when on DL, but I guess having control for more than just couple of months had a lot to do with the return Padres got.

          • Joveoak 3 years ago

            You forgot that the Mets wanted to keep Reyes for a potential (ultimately fruitless) reunion.

        • Joveoak 3 years ago

          (Double post. My apologies)

  8. MetsEventually 3 years ago


  9. WNYMetsfan03 3 years ago

    What happens next season when players are eligible for arbitration but not worth $12mmor whatever it is? I feel stupid saying I just don’t get this part.

    • LioneeR 3 years ago

      All or nothing.  Risk giving the guy 12+ million on a 1 year contract to get the pick compensation, or let him go and get nothing back.

  10. PWNdroia 3 years ago

    Two draft picks for Papelbum?  Sweet!

  11. LioneeR 3 years ago

    For the most part I like the changes.

    I think they should have changed it to the average of the top 25(or whatever number) in that players POSITION.  While it might become cloudy on some UTIL players, it would make that number a lot more indicative of what they deserve.

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