The Twins will most certainly offer arbitration to pitcher Carlos Silva, and he will decline (since he can easily get a three or four-year deal on the open market). This will entitle the Twins to receive a draft pick or two as compensation.
If Silva ranks in the upper 20% of starting pitchers, he's a Type A free agent. If he ranks in the upper 40% but not in the upper 20%, he's a Type B. Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press says Silva will be classified as a Type B based on his work in the 2006-07 seasons (he had a 5.01 ERA and 24 wins over that time period). That means the Twins will gain just a supplemental draft pick for him but the signing team will not lose any picks.
Walters also gives us this gem:
If the Twins can't re-sign free agent Torii Hunter, plans are to trade, sign a free agent or go in-house to find his center field replacement.
As opposed to what?
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