I love prospects and the whole thing but minor league arms are a dime a dozen and getting that head start on negotiating with machado, after he’s had a chance to know and love the team, have purchased a home, etc so having the inside track to signing him is worth some guy who could be bumgarner or could be Jacob turner. Not to mention the added benefit of a possible pennant this year.
I googled mlb rules and can’t see anything about a traded player not getting compensatory picks. The process was revised in the new cba but only as pertains to revenue sharing teams vs luxury tax teams getting different rounds.
Edit: I found another source that says you can’t make a qualifying offer to a traded player, so that’s why.
What kind of compensation pick will a club that loses such a player receive?
Under the previous CBA, if a team made a qualifying offer to a player and he signed elsewhere, it would get a supplemental first-round Draft pick (right after the end of the first round). That has all changed.
Under the new rules, if the team that loses the free agent is a revenue-sharing recipient, based on its revenues and market size, then the selection -- if and only if the lost player signs for at least $50 million -- will be awarded a pick between the first round and Competitive Balance Round A of the 2018 MLB Draft. If the player signs for less than $50 million, the compensation pick for those teams would come after Competitive Balance Round B, which follows the second round.
The following 16 teams currently qualify for these picks: A's, Astros, Braves, Brewers, D-backs, Indians, Mariners, Marlins, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Rays, Reds, Rockies, Royals and Twins.
If the team that loses the player does not receive revenue sharing and did not exceed the luxury-tax salary threshold the previous season, its compensatory pick will come after Competitive Balance Round B. The value of the player's contract doesn't matter in this case. The nine clubs that fall into this category are the Angels, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Cubs, Mets, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox and White Sox.
If the team that loses the player went over the luxury-tax threshold, the compensation pick will be placed after the fourth round has been completed (as with the previous scenario, it doesn't matter how much the player signs for). The five clubs in this group are the Dodgers, Giants, Nationals, Tigers and Yankees.
Keep in mind, these team designations could change every season. As a quick rule of thumb, Draft-pick compensation breaks down like this:
* General rule: Compensation after Comp Round B (in pick 75-80 range)
* Exception 1: Team paid luxury tax = Compensation after fourth round (mid-100s)
* Exception 2: Team received revenue sharing AND free agent signed for more than $50 million = Compensation after the first round