Elias Sports Bureau releases free agent rankings

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This afternoon Elias Sports Bureau released the 2010 free agent rankings, which determine draft pick compensation received by teams losing players.
Type A free agents require the signing team to send the old team their first draft pick after the 15th overall selection, with the old team also receiving a “sandwich” pick between the first and second rounds.
Type B free agents don’t result in the loss of a draft pick by the signing team, but do compensate the old team with a “sandwich” pick.
In other words, teams may shy away from signing some Type A free agents because it involves giving up a draft pick, whereas there’s no penalty for signing Type B free agents. Also of note is that a team must offer a departing free agent salary arbitration in order to receive compensation when they sign elsewhere. Here’s the full list of Type A free agents, some of whom (Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez, etc.) are already off the market:
Jason Bay, Red Sox
Rafael Betancourt, Rockies
Orlando Cabrera, Twins
Johnny Damon, Yankees
Octavio Dotel, White Sox
Jermaine Dye, White Sox
Chone Figgins, Angels
Mike Gonzalez, Braves
John Grabow, Cubs
Kevin Gregg, Cubs
LaTroy Hawkins, Astros
Matt Holliday, Cardinals
Orlando Hudson, Dodgers
John Lackey, Angels
Cliff Lee, Phillies
Victor Martinez, Red Sox
Bengie Molina, Giants
Melvin Mora, Orioles
Darren Oliver, Angels
Placido Polanco, Tigers
Manny Ramirez, Dodgers
Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays
Rafael Soriano, Braves
Miguel Tejada, Astros
Jose Valverde, Astros
Billy Wagner, Red Sox
Randy Wolf, Dodgers
That’s a long list, but it’s important to note many of those players won’t be offered salary arbitration because teams will be afraid of them accepting.
Some notable players who were classified as Type B rather than Type A: Erik Bedard, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Delgado, Mark DeRosa, Vladimir Guerrero, Rich Harden, Nick Johnson, Felipe Lopez, Xavier Nady, Vicente Padilla, Joel Pineiro, Fernando Rodney.

Report: Phillies close to signing Joaquin Benoit

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 15, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.

Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.

Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.

The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.

Report: The new collective bargaining agreement reduces players’ meal money

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JAN. 18-19 - This Jan. 15, 2014 photo showing new baseball union head Tony Clark during an interview at the organization's headquarters, in New York. Clark has big shoes to fill _ and not just as Michael Weiner's replacement as head of the baseball players' union. Moving from Arizona to New Jersey, the former big league All-Star also needed to find size 15 snowshoes.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.

Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.

Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.

EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.