PHOENIX -- The Royals have netted what amounts to an additional first-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft in June because the Braves signed free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana.
As it now stands, the Royals will receive the 28th pick which is like a first-round pick but, technically, is part of compensation round A. That's in addition to their normal first-round selection, which this year is No. 17.
The Royals got the extra pick as compensation because they had made a qualifying offer of $14.1 million for 2014 to Santana, which he declined. As it happened, the Braves signed him to the same deal, one year at $14.1 million, that the Royals had offered.
By signing Santana, the Braves lost their first-round pick, No. 26 overall.
After signing Jason Vargas, essentially to replace Santana in the rotation, the Royals repeatedly shrugged off speculation that they might try to re-sign Santana as his time wore on and his asking price diminished.
Manager Ned Yost, asked if he ever thought about the possibility of Santana coming back, said: "I don't think about that. I think about the players that I have and go from there."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less