We're just a little more than two weeks from opening day, and Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales are still looking for employment. In large part, that's because each player turned down a qualifying offer from their former teams. That means that whatever team signs Drew or Morales must in turn forfeit their highest pick as part of the free agent compensation system (note: teams with a top-10 draft pick are exempted). That drag on free agent value has already reduced Nelson Cruz and Ervin Santana to signing below-market deals, and the system is doing the same to Drew and Morales.

The wrinkle, of course, is that no compensation picks can be lost on signings that occur after the June draft. That self-evident consideration of course isn't lost on Scott Boras, who represents Drew and Morales.