Possible Type A Free Agents

Eddie Bajek has reverse-engineered the Elias rankings, and we'll now be providing that information exclusively at MLB Trade Rumors.  Today let's take a look at the 2010 free agents who would be Type A, if the season ended today.  Click here for an explanation on free agent compensation.


  • Victor Martinez*
  • Jason Varitek*
  • Bengie Molina

First Base/Outfield/DH

  • Matt Holliday
  • Aubrey Huff
  • Jason Bay
  • Magglio Ordonez*
  • Johnny Damon
  • Bobby Abreu
  • Jim Thome
  • Jermaine Dye*
  • Xavier Nady
  • Randy Winn

Second Base/Third Base/Shortstop

  • Marco Scutaro
  • Orlando Cabrera
  • Melvin Mora*
  • Chone Figgins
  • Miguel Tejada
  • Orlando Hudson
  • Troy Glaus

Starting Pitchers

  • Cliff Lee*
  • Vicente Padilla*
  • Josh Beckett*
  • Rich Harden


  • Octavio Dotel
  • Jose Valverde
  • Trevor Hoffman
  • Billy Wagner*
  • John Grabow
  • Mike Gonzalez
  • Kevin Gregg
  • Ryan Franklin*
  • Doug Brocail*
  • Rafael Soriano

* denotes an option for 2010

Near the borderline of Type A/B status: Rod Barajas, Vladimir Guerrero, Placido Polanco, Adrian Beltre, John Lackey, Darren Oliver, Carlos Delgado, Randy Johnson, LaTroy Hawkins.

Of course, a lot can change between now and the end of the season.  But it's interesting to see that players such as Guerrero, Beltre, and Lackey are no locks for Type A.  Wondering about Erik Bedard?  He has 69.259 of 100 points, while the lowest Type A American League starter has a 74.815 score.  He's in the middle of the AL Type B starting pitchers at the moment.  But if Bedard is traded to an NL club, he'll be ranked with that league's starters.

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