2013 Draft: Yankees will pick 29th overallBy
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.