From old friend Russell Martin cashing in with a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays in November to James Shields signing with the Padres on Monday, the Dodgers were affected. It wasn't just because the only impact catcher on the free agent market is off the table, but also because the Dodgers moved up in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Martin rejected a qualifying offer from the Pirates, meaning Pittsburgh gets a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds. Toronto forfeits its first-round pick for signing Martin, with that pick (No. 17 overall) vanishing into thin air. The Dodgers now pick No. 26 in the first round.
The Dodgers were originally slated at No. 28, but moved up one spot when the Mets lost the No. 15 pick for signing Michael Cuddyer last week.
Shields was the final free agent to have rejected a qualifying offer to sign, so the 2015 MLB draft order is now finalized. The Dodgers' first round pick is No. 24 overall.
The Dodgers got a compensatory pick for Hanley Ramirez signing with the Red Sox. That will be pick No. 35 overall.
To refresh, a team signing a free agent that declined a qualifying offer forfeits its first-round pick unless it had one of the worst 10 records in 2014; otherwise the team forfeits its next-highest pick. The compensatory picks are ordered in inverse order of 2014 record, though teams receiving more than one compensatory pick (this year, only the Pirates would have been applicable but they re-signed Francisco Liriano) get their subsequent picks after every other team gets their first compensatory pick.
Here is a look at the first round of the 2015 MLB draft, through any compensation picks and competitive balance Round A* picks:
If one of these teams sign a free agent who declined a qualifying offer, they forfeit their next pick, which in most cases will be in the second round.
Rest of first round
12 - Marlins
Padres (forfeited for signing James Shields)
13 - Rays
Mets (forfeited for signing Michael Cuddyer)
14 - Braves
15 - Brewers
Blue Jays (forfeited for signing Russell Martin)
16 - Yankees
17 - Indians
Mariners (forfeited for signing Nelson Cruz)
18 - Giants
19 - Pirates
20 - Athletics
21 - Royals
22 - Tigers
23 - Cardinals
24 - Dodgers
25 - Orioles
Nationals (forfeited for signing Max Scherzer)
26 - Angels
27 - Rockies (for losing Michael Cuddyer)
28 - Braves (for losing Ervin Santana)
29 - Blue Jays (for losing Melky Cabrera)
30 - Yankees (for losing David Robertson)
31 - Giants (for losing Pablo Sandoval)
32 - Pirates (for losing Russell Martin)
33 - Royals (for losing James Shields)
34 - Tigers (for losing Max Scherzer)
35 - Dodgers (for losing Hanley Ramirez)
36 - Orioles (for losing Nelson Cruz)
Competitive balance Round A
37 - Astros
38 - Rockies
39 - Cardinals
40 - Brewers
41 - Marlins
42 - Indians
*The competitive balance picks, six picks before the second round and six picks before the third round, can be traded. No other draft picks can be traded.
The White Sox forfeit second and third-round picks for signing Melky Cabrera and David Robertson, the Red Sox give up second-round and Competitive Balance Round B picks for Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, and the Twins forfeit their second-round pick for Ervin Santana.
The Nationals get pick No. 58 for failing to sign 2014 pick Anthony Suarez.
The Dodgers' second-round pick will be 67th overall. In the third-round, which is after six competitive balance Round B picks, the Dodgers will pick 101st.
The Cardinals get pick 105 overall, in between the third and fourth rounds, for not signing 2014 third-round pick Trevor Megill. The Dodgers in round four will pick 132nd overall, with each subsequent selection 30 picks later.