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The first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is set

Jan 20, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

MLB Draft

Carl Pavano was the final Type A free agent left on the board. And now that he has re-signed with the Twins, the first-round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is officially set.

Courtesy of Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, let’s take a look at the field:

1. Pittsburgh Pirates

2. Seattle Mariners

3. Arizona Diamondbacks

4. Baltimore Orioles

5. Kansas City Royals

6. Washington Nationals

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for unsigned Loux)

8. Cleveland Indians

9. Chicago Cubs

10. San Diego Padres (for unsigned Whitson)

11. Houston Astros

12. Milwaukee Brewers

13. New York Mets

14. Florida Marlins

15. Milwaukee Brewers (for unsigned Covey)

16. Los Angeles Dodgers

17. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

18. Oakland Athletics

19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez)

20. Colorado Rockies

21. Toronto Blue Jays

22. St. Louis Cardinals

23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn)

24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford)

25. San Diego Padres

26. Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre)

27. Cincinnati Reds

28. Atlanta Braves

29. San Francisco Giants

30. Minnesota Twins

31. Tampa Bay Rays (from Yankees for Rafael Soriano)

32. Tampa Bay Rays

33. Texas Rangers (from Phillies for Cliff Lee)

Because Barret Loux, Karsten Whitson and Dylan Covey were unsigned, there will be 33 selections in the first-round, the most ever.

Felipe Lopez, the final Type B free agent who was offered arbitration by his former club, has yet to sign a contract this offseason, so the supplemental first-round portion of the draft may still change.

  1. sknut - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Not only do the Red Sox go out and get premier talent but they also are smart enough to pick up an extra draft choice and only lose two spots when giving up their own pick.

    • bobwsc - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      and sandwich picks galore!

  2. spudchukar - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    If one were allowed to buy stock in MLB, I’d put my money on Tampa Bay, as a long-term investment strategy. With their already loaded system, the Garza deal and this year’s draft; their cup runneth over.

    • florida76 - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM

      Tampa Bay as a long term investment strategy is great if you don’t mind franchise relocation. The city who gets the Rays will be a step up from the normal expansion franchise. For the fans of the Rays, the long term picture is scary, as the team will backslide over the next few years. Attendance will decline even more, as the reality of competing with the Bosox and Yanks sets in. Revenues will decline even more, and the talent drain will continue. There are no proven Crawford’s in Tampa’s minor league system.

      Tampa’s only prayer is a new stadium, but in these economic times, that’s a long shot. By the end of this decade expect the Rays to relocate, possibly to the Carolinas.

      • spudchukar - Jan 20, 2011 at 4:43 PM

        Can only disagree with the backslide statement. I will bet my bottom dollar the Rays will compete this year and in years to come. Replacing Crawford won’t be easy, don’t know if Jennings is ready, but their infield will be one of the best, their starting rotation fine, with Shields being the only question. I am a little leery of their bullpen, but don’t be surprised if they aren’t back in the playoffs.

      • florida76 - Jan 20, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        The other aspect of all is is the nightmare division the Rays play in. With Crawford and Soriano in 2010, the Rays were only 1.5 games from missing the playoffs completely, despite winning the division. With Boston improved, the Rays are certain to be more than a couple games worse in 2011, for all we know Boston could win 100. There just isn’t any margin for error, and the Rays have bad luck playing against teams with far greater resources.

      • spudchukar - Jan 20, 2011 at 6:43 PM

        Outside of the Red Sox and Rangers, who has more talent? It could very well be that Soriano will be more difficult to replace than Crawford. A rebound by Zobrist, and Longoria, a healthy starting five, and improvement from budding stars, Rodriguez and Brignac, with contributions by Johnson, Jennings, and Joyce all point to successful season, one in which they will be in play for the post-season.

  3. bcopus - Jan 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Way to go Braves. One pick at 28th. That’s a sure-fire future MVP.

  4. bigtrav425 - Jan 20, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    cant believe my Tribe has the 8th pick! thought for sure it would be 4 or 5

  5. disulfide - Jan 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Imagine Scott Boras or whichever agent representing the #1 pick trying to scrape any real cash out of the Pirates. Their signing bonus? A bat Bobby Bo broke over his leg and some of Tony Pena’s old socks (if they dare).

    • florida76 - Jan 20, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      Actually, promising 3B Pedro Alveraz, was a Boras client a couple years ago and the Pirates signed him. It went down to the wire, but they got the deal done. No team in baseball has spent more than the Pirates overall the last three years in the draft.

      They also stepped up their efforts outside the U.S., signing a 16 year old pitcher to big money.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 20, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      The Pirates have actually funneled most of their cash into the draft and the international market. That’s why they have stopped handing out ridiculous two and three year deals to aging veterans and gone with a more year-by-year approach in the “old guys filling gaps in the lineup” department.

      There is some talent in that system and if they could just get some pitching, they’d be in pretty good shape. The offense has some real blue-chippers.

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