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The 2010 Prospect Handbook is nearly but not quite complete, so it requires the bulk of my attention these days (and nights). As a result, there won’t be a full edition of Ask BA today. But I will update the 2010 draft order before I get back to my editing and writing tasks.

Type A free agents Rafael Betancourt (Rockies) and Rafael Soriano (Braves) and Type B Carl Pavano (Twins) accepted arbitration, taking themselves off the market. Three Type A free agents found new homes—Chone Figgins (Angels to Mariners), Mike Gonzalez (Braves to Orioles), John Lackey (Angels to Red Sox)—so their former clubs will get a pick from their new teams, as well as a supplemental first-rounder. Two Type B free agents have moved on—Brandon Lyon (Tigers to Astros) and Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers to Nationals)—and their old teams will get a sandwich pick.

Below is the draft order as it stands now, and the remaining free agents who could yield compensation. Happy holidays, everyone!

First-Round Picks

1. Nationals

2. Pirates

3. Orioles

4. Royals

5. Indians

6. Diamondbacks

7. Mets

8. Astros

9. Padres

10. Athletics

11. Blue Jays

12. Reds

13. White Sox

14. Brewers

15. Rangers (for failure to sign 2009 first-rounder Matt Purke)

16. Cubs

17. Rays

18. Angels (from Mariners for Chone Figgins, A)

19. Tigers

20. Red Sox (from Braves for Billy Wagner, A)

21. Twins

22. Rangers

23. Marlins

24. Giants

25. Cardinals

26. Rockies

27. Phillies

28. Dodgers

29. Angels (from Red Sox for John Lackey, A)

30. Angels

31. Rays (for failure to sign 2009 first-rounder LeVon Washington)

32. Yankees

Supplemental First-Round Picks

33. Blue Jays (Marco Scutaro, A, to Red Sox)

34. Braves (Mike Gonzalez, A, to Orioles)

35. Red Sox (Wagner)

36. Angels (Figgins)

37. Angels (Lackey)

38. Blue Jays (for failure to sign 2009 sandwich-rounder James Paxton)

39. Rays (Gregg Zaun, B, to Brewers)

40. Tigers (Brandon Lyon, B, to Astros)

41. Rangers (Ivan Rodriguez, B, to Nationals)

Second-Round Changes

44. Braves (from Orioles for Gonzalez)

69. Blue Jays (for failure to sign 2009 second-rounder Jake Eliopoulos)

70. Blue Jays (from Red Sox for Scutaro)

Third-Round Changes

79. Rays (for failure to sign 2009 second-rounder Kenny Diekroeger)

Supplemental Third-Round Picks

104. Blue Jays (for failure to sign 2009 third-rounder Jake Barrett)

105. White Sox (for failure to sign 2009 third-rounder Bryan Morgado)

106. Angels (for failure to sign 2009 third-rounder Josh Spence)

Remaining Type A Compensation Free Agents

(listed in order of Elias ranking)

Matt Holliday, of, Cardinals

Jose Valverde, rhp, Astros

Jason Bay, of, Red Sox

Remaining Type B Compensation Free Agents

(listed in order of team’s draft position)

Justin Duchscherer, rhp, Athletics

Rod Barajas, c, Blue Jays

Brian Shouse, lhp, Rays

Adrian Beltre, 3b, Mariners

Fernando Rodney, rhp, Tigers

Marlon Byrd, of, Rangers

Mark DeRosa, 3b, Cardinals

Joel Pineiro, rhp, Cardinals

Jason Marquis, rhp, Rockies

" Dec. 7 Ask BA