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Type Bs Who Could Be Acquired For The Draft Pick

The main benefit of the Nationals acquiring Jonny Gomes from the Reds is a shot at a supplemental draft pick, in the opinion of ESPN's Jim Bowden.  As Ben Nicholson-Smith noted, Gomes is no lock to receive and turn down an arbitration offer.  Still, we saw plenty of apparent handshake deals where Type Bs turned down arbitration offers last offseason.  A Type B free agent has nothing to lose by agreeing to such an arrangement.

Our new Elias projections are out, so let's take a look at players who currently project as Type Bs free agents and play for teams expected to sell.

The most transparent instance of trading for a draft pick came last offseason, when the Jays acquired catcher Miguel Olivo from the Rockies with the intent of declining his option and offering arbitration.  The ploy worked, and Toronto drafted Dwight Smith Jr. 53rd overall in June as a direct result.  So if the Jays or some other draft pick-obsessed team makes a run at Bruce Chen this month, you'll know why.


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