Phillies' first draft selection is No. 39

Jesse Biddle was the Phillies' first-round pick in the 2010 MLB draft. (Photo credit: Scott Purks)

WASHINGTON -- The cost of signing Cliff Lee was $120 million, and a first-round draft pick. So instead of selecting 33d, the Phillies will not have a first-round pick in this year's June entry draft. Texas will make that pick.

The Phillies' first choice will come at pick No. 39 -- one reward for losing Jayson Werth to free agency, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. That is in the compensatory round, or better known as the sandwich round. Mmm.

Werth was a Type-A free agent, so the Phillies should have received another first-rounder for losing him. But because he signed with Washington, which has the sixth overall pick, the Phillies are compensated with a second-rounder.


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Why? The top 18 picks in the draft are protected from being used as compensation. Thus, Werth will net the Phillies pick No. 66 in the second round, which was the Nats' property. Their first (true) pick comes at No. 90, the last selection of the second round.

Last year, the Phillies took local lefthander Jesse Biddle with the 27th overall pick.

Tampa Bay possesses 10 of the first 60 selections in this year's draft and, well, that's just crazy.

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