While declining arbitration offers to Type A free agent Darren Oliver, Type B free agent Vladimir Guerrero and two other free agents, Robb Quinlan and Kelvim Escobar, the Angels positioned themselves for two Draft picks each for Lackey and Figgins if they decline arbitration and sign elsewhere.
The compensation is the signing team's first-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, as well as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds. That is unless the signing team holds one of the top 15 picks, in which case the signing team would give up its second-round selection, not its first-rounder.
Lackey is the premier starting pitcher in the marketplace, while Figgins is the premier leadoff man on the open market and one of the best defensive third basemen as well, with the ability to play multiple positions.
Guerrero, the driving force in the Angels' offense for six seasons, was reduced by injuries to DH duty in 2009. The '04 AL MVP can be signed by any club without compensation.
Oliver, the team's most consistent reliever in 2009 and a reliable presence for the past three seasons, was offered arbitration last season and accepted. Quinlan, a versatile bench player for six seasons, and Escobar, who has made one start in two seasons because of shoulder problems after an 18-win season in '07, also can be signed without compensation involved.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.