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2016 MLB draft order set, Red Sox will pick 12th overall

It took longer than it should have, but now we know where the Sox will pick in June.

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Now that Ian Desmond has signed with the Rangers, each of the 20 qualifying offers has been dealt with in some way. What this means is that we now know what the official order for the 2016 draft is, and where the Red Sox will be picking. It's weird that it took until almost March for us to know this, but at least all of those players were signed before the regular season began. Progress?

The Sox will pick 12th, flanked by the Mariners and Rays:

Pick Team Pick Team Pick Team
1 Phillies 9 Tigers 17 Astros
2 Reds 10 White Sox 18 Yankees
3 Braves 11 Mariners 19 Mets
4 Rockies 12 Red Sox 20 Dodgers
5 Brewers 13 Rays 21 Blue Jays
6 A's 14 Indians 22 Pirates
7 Marlins 15 Twins 23 Cardinals
8 Padres 16 Angels

Boston didn't have to give up their first-round pick in order to sign David Price to a seven-year, $217 million deal, thanks to his being traded mid-season -- that disqualified him from compensation eligibility, and since the Sox played themselves out of pick protection with a late-season surge, that all worked out in their favor. Thanks to the sheer volume of players who did receive qualifying offers, though, Boston won't be picking again until 51st overall -- selections 24 through 34 will all be compensation picks that extend the first round.

Then, there is the competitive balance round for picks 35 through 41, and finally the second round can begin at 42. Even that's still a little off in its order, though, as the Blue Jays will get a compensation pick for failure to sign last summer's second-round pick at 57, and the Orioles will get another shot with the 69th selection for the same. Then, the second competitive balance round takes up spots 71 through 77, and the Sox will get to pick again at 88 in the third.

Things even out after that, and you just have to start adding 30 to the previous Sox pick to know when their next one is.

Round Overall Round Overall
1 12 21 628
2 51 22 658
3 88 23 688
4 118 24 718
5 148 25 748
6 178 26 778
7 208 27 808
8 238 28 838
9 268 29 868
10 298 30 898
11 328 31 928
12 358 32 958
13 388 33 988
14 418 34 1018
15 448 35 1048
16 478 36 1078
17 508 37 1108
18 538 38 1138
19 568 39 1168
20 598 40 1198

It's way too early to know just who the Sox will pick, or even who they might want to be picking, but hey, at least now you know when they will. The 2016 MLB Draft begins on June 9.