Type A and Type B free agent rankings


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.

Steven Souza, Jr. lands back on the disabled list

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The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that outfielder Steven Souza, Jr. has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral muscle. Outfielder Sócrates Brito has been recalled from Triple-A Reno.

Souza, 29, initially suffered his injury during a spring training game in March. He started the season on the DL and didn’t make his season debut until May 3. In 47 plate appearances, Souza hit .163/.234/.186.

The D-Backs also recently lost outfielder A.J. Pollock due to an avulsion fracture in his thumb, so the club’s outfield is thin. They have lost five games in a row and 11 of their last 12 contests.