Did the Cubs get ripped off in their 2010 First Year Player draft position? The Cubs will draft 16th in 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year draft. Texas got the 15th selection as compensation for not signing Matt Purke, along with the 22nd pick based on their record.
For Free Agent Compensation, MLB Fanhouse states "If a team signs a Type A free agent, its first-round pick goes to the former team -- unless that pick is in the top 15, ...."
The rule is intended to keep the bottom half of teams (1st 15 draft picks out of 30 teams drafting) from losing their first round draft pick if they sign a Type A free agent. No there are 32 picks in the first round.
Would the Cubs lose their number 16 pick if they signed a Class A free agent? Is the rule "top 15" or top half of the draft?