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.