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Type A and Type B free agent rankings

Oct 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

type a or type b

MLB Trade Rumors has been reverse-engineering the free agent ranking system all season, providing regular updates on Type A and Type B players, and now they’ve gotten their hands on the official rankings from Elias Sports Bureau.

No big surprises, although as usual there are some head-scratchers.

I wrote last offseason about how the compensation system always overrates relievers and sure enough guys like Darren Oliver, Matt Capps, and Octavio Dotel qualify as Type A while vastly superior players like Aramis Ramirez and Mark Buehrle are Type B.

CC Sabathia and Albert Pujols lead a total of 25 players qualified for Type A status, which means if their old teams offers them arbitration and the players decline any team signing them would have to forfeit next year’s first-round pick (or second-round pick, if their first-rounder is among the top 15 selections).

Type B free agents can be signed without losing a draft pick, but will fetch a supplemental first-rounder for their old team (assuming arbitration is offered and declined first).

To see the whole list, check out MLB Trade Rumors.

  1. aaronmoreno - Oct 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Aramis Ramirez’s agent has to be happy about this.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Dotel is screwed. Nobody would give up a draft pick just to sign him.He had better hope that the Cardinals pick up his team option or that they decline arbitration.

    As another Type A Free Agent, Kelly Johnson may also be screwed. Would any team want to give up a first or second round pick in order to sign him? It may be wise for him to accept arbitration.

    The Jays like to obtain draft picks in exchange for players who sign elsewhere as free agents. I am sure that they offer arbitration to Kelly Johnson, Frank Francisco, Jose Molina and Shawn Camp. They will probably not offer arbitration to John Rauch.

    • paperlions - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      Dotel isn’t screwed. The Cardinals won’t offer him arbitration, they might resign him or pick up the option, but they won’t go the arbitration route.

      • clydeserra - Oct 31, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        the way the teams have been throwing money at relievers, $3.5M might look like an attractive option to pick up.

    • hittfamily - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      The same thing happened to Grant Balfour last year. Very good reliever, but It is my understanding the tag cost him at least a million dollars.

    • wlschneider09 - Oct 31, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      For that matter, I can’t see Johnson being offered arbitration either.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 31, 2011 at 9:11 PM

        Johnson played well for the Jays last season. He showed enough that the Jays would take him back.

  3. sknut - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Capps is a type A, ouch well I guess the Twins won’t be offering Capps arb at least I hope not. And this makes that trade even worse….

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