The 13 players who received qualifying offers from their teams have each declined those offers, reports Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. The offers were each for one year at $14.1 million. The players are now officially free agents; they can either negotiate better deals with their old teams or sign with new teams. However, if they do sign elsewhere then their new teams will each forfeit a top draft pick and their old teams will each receive a late-first-round pick as compensation. This is the second straight year that all eligible players declined their qualifying offers.
Now that the offers have been officially declined, the prospective draft order has been finalized. There are 31 picks in the first round of the draft, due to the fact that the Toronto Blue Jays received an extra pick as compensation for failing to sign Phil Bickford last summer. Here is how Comp Round A would look if each of the 13 free agents in question signed with new teams. The picks are organized in reverse order of the 2013 standings, with the name of the free agent in question in parentheses:
32. Seattle Mariners (Kendrys Morales)
33. New York Yankees (Robinson Cano)
34. New York Yankees (Curtis Granderson)
35. New York Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda)
36. Kansas City Royals (Ervin Santana)
37. Cincinnati Reds (Shin-Soo Choo)
38. Texas Rangers (Nelson Cruz)
39. Cleveland Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez)
40. Atlanta Braves (Brian McCann)
41. Boston Red Sox (Stephen Drew)
42. Boston Red Sox (Jacoby Ellsbury)
43. Boston Red Sox (Mike Napoli)
44. St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Beltran)
If any of those players re-sign with their 2013 teams, then the corresponding draft picks will be removed and everyone below them will move up a spot. Last year, three of the nine eligible players ultimately re-signed with their old teams, including Kuroda re-signing with the Yankees on a one-year deal worth more than the qualifying offer.