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Your Pointless Fact of the Day: compensation for signing Type A free agents

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With last night’s loss to the Phillies, the Nationals “clinched” a protected first round selection in the 2008 draft. According to the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement, the first fifteen selections of the first round are protected from being used as compensation for signing Type A free agents. The Nationals fell to 68-85 on the season with the 7-6 defeat and in doing so can finish in no “worse” than a tie for 14th with the Toronto Blue Jays. As of this morning, the Nationals have the #9 selection in the 2008 draft and can still finish with any pick from #1 to the #15.

UPDATE:

Here are a few more bits of information on how the draft order will shake out for the Nationals …

Pick Team W L PCT GB
1 Tampa Bay 63 90 0.412 -
2 Baltimore 65 87 0.428 2.5
3 Florida 66 87 0.431 3.0
4 Chicago Sox 66 87 0.431 3.0
5 Pittsburgh 66 87 0.431 3.0
6 Kansas City 66 86 0.434 3.5
7 Houston 67 86 0.438 4.0
8 San Francisco 67 86 0.438 4.0
9 Washington 68 85 0.444 5.0
10 Cincinnati 70 83 0.458 7.0
11 Texas 70 83 0.458 7.0
12 St. Louis 71 81 0.467 8.5
13 Oakland 74 80 0.481 10.5
14 Minnesota 75 77 0.493 12.5
15 Toronto 77 75 0.507 14.5

and the remaining schedules …

Team Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Tampa Bay BOS BOS BOS NYY NYY NYY at TOR at TOR at TOR
Baltimore at TEX at TEX at TEX KC TOR TOR TOR NYY NYY NYY
Florida NYM NYM NYM CHC CHC CHC at NYM at NYM at NYM
Chicago Sox at MIN at MIN at MIN KC KC KC DET DET DET
Pittsburgh at CHC at CHC at CHC AZ AZ AZ STL STL STL
Kansas City at DET at DET at DET at BAL at CWS at CWS at CWS CLE CLE CLE
Houston at STL at STL at STL at CIN at CIN at CIN ATL ATL ATL
San Francisco CIN CIN CIN SD SD SD at LAD at LAD at LAD
Washington PHI PHI PHI at NYM at NYM at NYM at PHI at PHI at PHI
Cincinnati at SF at SF at SF HOU HOU HOU CHC CHC CHC
Texas BAL BAL BAL LAA LAA LAA at SEA at SEA at SEA
St. Louis HOU HOU HOU at MIL at MIL at MIL at NYM at PIT at PIT at PIT
Oakland at CLE at CLE at CLE at BOS at BOS LAA LAA LAA
Minnesota CWS CWS CWS at DET at DET at DET at BOS at BOS at BOS at BOS
Toronto at NYY at NYY at NYY at NYY at BAL at BAL at BAL TB TB TB
  • Tampa plays six of their final nine against teams leading either their division or the wild card
  • Baltimore has three games remaining against a wild card leading team
  • Every one of Florida’s game is against a division leading team
  • The White Sox are playing only three games with a team that has a chance (and those odds are long for Detroit)
  • Pittsburgh has six games against division leaders
  • Kansas City has three against a division leader and three against longshot Detroit
  • Houston has only three games with longshot Atlanta
  • The Giants have three games with a division leader
  • Every one of the Nationals game has playoff implications
  • Cincy has only three games with playoff implications
  • Texas also has three games with a division leader
  • St. Louis has four games with playoff implications
  • Oakland faces all division leaders
  • Minnesota closes with four games against a likely playoff team
  • Toronto has four games remaining against a likely playoff team

Baseball America has begun their top prospect rankings with the Gulf Coast League. OF Michael Burgess was ranked the #1 overall prospect.

Of all the players with a draft pedigree or a solid international background, just one performed to where he stood out among all the rest. The lone exception was Nationals outfielders Michael Burgess, a supplemental first-round pick who leads our GCL prospects list.

“He doesn’t run real well, but when you hit it as far as he does it doesn’t matter,” said one scout from a National League club. “He was very aggressive in all phases of the game. He had something to prove. Pitchers really went after him and challenged him, and he just ate that up.”

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