For three consecutive years, from 2010 through 2012, the Detroit Tigers forfeited their first round draft selections for signing free agents Jose Valverde, Victor Martinez, and Prince Fielder.
In 2015, the Tigers will have two first round draft picks as a result of losing Max Scherzer to free agency, while not signing any premier free agents from other teams.
The Tigers will have the 34th overall selection in the supplemental first round of the amateur player draft as compensation for losing Scherzer. Their own draft pick will be the 22nd pick in the first round.
The team's second round selection will be number 65 overall. According to Baseball America, the club will have a total pool of $7,403,534 to spend on signing bonuses for their selections in the first 10 rounds.
The last time the club had a compensation pick was June 2010, when they selected Nick Castellanos with the 44th overall selection and pitcher Chance Ruffin with the 48th pick. Ruffin was dealt to Seattle in the trade that brought Doug Fister to Detroit.
Castellanos will be the team's starting third baseman for his second season. Detroit received those two compensation picks after losing relief pitchers Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney to free agency.
Five teams have forfeited their first round draft picks for signing free agents who were subject to compensation.