2013 Draft: Yankees will pick 29th overall

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The Yankees finished the third best record in baseball (behind the Nationals and Reds) this season, meaning they will have the 29th overall pick in the 2013 Draft. A compensation pick for the Pirates failing to sign last year’s first rounder earlier in the draft pushes everything back one spot, which is why the Yankees aren’t picking 28th. I’ll get our Draft Order page up and running soon enough, but Conor Glassey has the preliminary order pieced together right here.

The Bombers have held the 29th overall pick once before, using it to take OF Slade Heathcott in 2009. Slot money for that pick was $1.625M this year, so expect a similar number next year. The Yankees could receive up to three supplemental first round picks depending on what happens with Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, and Rafael Soriano this winter. All three impending free agents (Soriano is likely to opt-out) seem like locks for qualifying offers (in the $13.3-13.4M range) and could sign elsewhere, sending those extra picks to New York.

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  • CS Yankee

    If Swish could be had on a 2-3 year deal, I would be good with that. Kuroda on a 1/13 deal, and “no tuck”, no thanks…Mo returns & 13M$ for a 8th inning guy is still crazy talk.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      You do realize that if Soriano opts out, and the Yankees extend the qualifying offer it would be less than what he’s scheduled to make next year, right?

      • DM

        But he gets a 1.5m buyout if he opts out.

    • Ted Nelson

      I doubt the Yankees will have any better option than Kuroda at the QO. They could really use the depth with so many question marks (Pineda, Hughes, Nova, Phelps, and Pettitte).

      As said above… If Soriano opts out he almost necessarily won’t take the QO. Unless he has a sudden change of heart about staying a Yankee or the state of the market, it would literally be a decision to earn less money.

      • The Lime

        Agreed, an extra ~$500K isn’t worth the gamble from Soriano’s point of view. Risking $12.5mm for an additional $.5mm doesn’t make sense. If he takes the QO, it’ll be because Boras misjudges the market, then quickly corrects himself.

  • mj

    so do the yankees get a first round pick if someone else signs one of them? depending ofcourse if they offer a quilifying offer

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      The team that signs a player that has a qualifying offer loses their first round pick (unless that team has a protected tip 10 pick) and the team that loses the player gets an extra pick in the supplemental 1st round. Teams do not get the other teams pick anymore.

      • mj

        perfect thank you sir

  • Robinson Tilapia

    29th overall?!?!?! Cashman failed.

    • Austin Aunelowitzky (formerly Paul VuvuZuvella)

      He just can’t get anything right.

    • Ryan

      Draft Daniel Robertson

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Picks for Swisher and Soriano would be nice. I hope Kuroda comes back.

    Team needs to be more aggressive in restocking the farm.

    • Bo Knows

      next year isn’t a strong draft, so don’t expect much. Also the team has been very aggressive drafting numerous high ceiling players for the past several years.

      • The Moral Majority is Neither

        The Yankees have not been as aggressive as they could be in the draft. Their spending has been middle-of-the-pack prior to the retrictions.

        • bill

          what about ichoro do they get a draft pick for him

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Only if they offer him the qualifying offer and he turns it down and signs elsewhere. Can’t imagine the Yankees offer him $13M+. And I can’t imagine Ichiro would turn it down if the Yankees were crazy enough to make that offer.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              The Yankees can’t offer Ichiro a qualifying offer. A player has to play the entire season with a team to be able to get one.

              • Need Pitching & Hitting

                That’s right. Forgot about that. Not that they’d offer him one anyways.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          some fans don’t realize thay have cut back on spending in the draft.

          • Steve (different one)

            True, but it’s also no longer relevant. You now spend what MLB says you can spend.

            • The Big City of Dreams

              True but they had an edge before the restrictions and seem to not take advantage o it.

              • Ted Nelson

                Yankees drafted Austin and Mason in the last few years, among others. Complaining about those draft portrays ignorance as to how they actually drated.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Their spending has been middle-of-the-pack prior to the retrictions.

          Why would they spend more than they have to?

          They have always been drafting near the bottom, so if indeed their spending has been middle of the pack, that means that they have been aggressive.

          • The Moral Majority is Neither

            The Yankees pick and choose their spots to go overslot, sure, but compared to Boston, Toronto and Tampa they have sat back a bit. I get that those teams have more picks but many, many highly-touted guys got picked after the Yankees passed. I am still annoyed by that Culver pick.

            • The Big City of Dreams

              That was a big time reach

            • Ted Nelson

              LOL. One pick… Get over it

  • your mom

    How nice of MLB to change the compensation rules the year we have a bunch of qualified free agents. Instead of potentially having 7 high picks, we get 4, and now there’s a spending limit. Bullshit.

    • Ted Nelson

      Yeah, they planned the CBA’s expiration years in advance to screw the Yankees, somehow magically knowing who they’d have hittin FA at that point.

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    With the lower overall spending limit for a team with their record, I’m not sure how many extra picks they will have money for.

    • Ted Nelson

      The bonus pool is allocated based on what picks you have. If they have more picks, they’ll have more money to spend.

  • Wayne

    Where is Kyle richter projected to go in 2013 MLB draft? I don’ t see him in any of the mock drafts.