Friday, December 25, 2009

Draft Pick Compensation notes

We all know about the Astros' former penchant for signing free agents as opposed to focusing on the draft, but I got to wondering: what did the teams do with the picks the Astros gave up for signing their Type A Free Agents?

2003:
Astros sign Jeff Kent, Giants draft David Aardsma

2004:
Astros sign Andy Pettitte, Yankees draft Phil Hughes

2005:
Carlos Beltran signs with New York, Astros draft Eli Iorg (released, 2009)

2007:
Astros sign Carlos Lee, Rangers draft Blake Beavan (still in minors)

2008:
Cardinals sign Trever Miller, Astros draft Jordan Lyles (supplemental pick)

The draft is a total crapshoot, but it's still fun to look at. Especially while you wait for someone to bring you food on Christmas Day.

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