The Phillies will pick 14th overall in the June draft, one slot ahead of Cincinnati, as compensation for losing Modified Type A free agent Ryan Madson under the new rules of the CBA. They also receive a pick in the supplemental first round.
Beerleaguer: Sweet. The Phils reap the quirky rewards of this new arrangement and will finally have their choice of top-flight talent in the first round of the draft. A second-rung team like Cincinnati may have been previously unwilling to sacrifice their own first-round pick for a free agent reliever. Under these rules, they don't have to; they'll simply slide down to 15.
The Phillies haven't had a top 20 pick since 2007 (Joe Savery) and the 14th selection is the highest since they took Gavin Floyd with the fourth overall pick in '01. Cole Hamels was taken the next season at 17 for even more perspective. Additionally, and based on the updated ordering, the supplemental pick will come somewhere around 40. And don't forget the Phils are due a compensatory pick for losing Type B free agent Raul Ibanez, which will come around 60.
Considering how the Phillies' talent pool has waned, cashing out with Madson for a pair of premium picks - essentially trading up from the 31st overall pick that will now go to Boston for Jonathan Papelbon - seems like a rather crafty move. The Phils get Papelbon and better picks. The kicker is that Boston slides even farther down the draft order, to 32, because of the Madson move.