With the 2012 regular season in the books, the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft order is set. Here is a look at the entire first round and the Mets picks through round three:
7. Red Sox
9. Pirates (for failure to sign 2012 first-rounder Mark Appel)
10. Blue Jays
18. White Sox
76. Mets (for failure to sign 2012 second-rounder Teddy Stankiewicz)
Based on what the Mets do/don’t do in free-agency, they will have four picks in the first 100 of next summer’s draft. Because the Mets won on the final day of the season, their first round pick is not protected under the new collective bargaining agreement. However, this will not come into play unless the Mets sign a top free agent.
This is the first off-season with the elimination of the Type-A/Type-B free agent compensation. According to Baseball America, “The only free agents subject to compensation will be those who are offered contracts equal to the average salary of the 125 highest-paid players in the game as they enter the free-agent process.” Also, players must have spent the entire previous season with the same team. No longer will teams trading for a high-profile player at the trade deadline receive draft compensation if that player leaves. If the Mets were to sign one of those top free agents, they would lose their first round pick, but it will not go to the player’s former team. Rather, the team losing out on the player will receive a pick at the end of the first round.
The Mets are initially expected to have a bonus pool of $6,487,300. However, that number will grow based on the increase in Major League baseball revenues in 2012.