Possible Type A Free Agents

Our latest Elias Rankings projections are up, and 26 free agents are in line for Type A status:

Heath Bell
Carlos Beltran
Lance Berkman
Robinson Cano
Matt Capps
Francisco Cordero
Michael Cuddyer
Ryan Dempster
Kyle Farnsworth
Prince Fielder
Ramon Hernandez
Ryan Madson
Yadier Molina
Darren Oliver
David Ortiz
Roy Oswalt
Jonathan Papelbon
Brandon Phillips
Albert Pujols
Jose Reyes
Francisco Rodriguez
C.C. Sabathia
Rafael Soriano
Nick Swisher
Jose Valverde
Josh Willingham

In addition, Vladimir Guerrero, Kelly Johnson, Jimmy Rollins, Omar Infante, Adam Wainwright, Takashi Saito, and Octavio Dotel are near the Type A/B borderline.

The current list of 26 should shrink quite a bit. Options for Cano, Dempster, Farnsworth, Molina, Phillips, Soriano, Swisher, and Valverde are likely to take them off the free agent market.

Of the 18 remaining, not everyone will get an arbitration offer.  Beltran contractually can't be offered, and there's a chance players such as Bell and Hernandez won't receive offers.  It's likely that Capps, Cordero, Oswalt, and Rodriguez will not receive offers either.  That drops the pool to about 11 free agents who would carry the cost of a draft pick.  To sign a star like Fielder, Pujols, Reyes, or Sabathia, that's typically a minor factor.  For the others, it reduces their bargaining power a bit.

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19 Comments on "Possible Type A Free Agents"

3 years 11 months ago

Of the “leftovers” none is worth giving up a 1st round pick for.

3 years 11 months ago

Yea, they will all go unsigned.

3 years 11 months ago

I thought Beltran’s clause went away if Traded. The Padres may offer Bell arbitration because they know he’ll accept which would give them exclusive negotiating rights with him. I know Bell wants to remain a Padre but if someone offered Soriano money would he say no?

Leland Steva
3 years 11 months ago

“Beltran contractually can’t be offered…”

Says it right in the article…

3 years 11 months ago

But there was speculation during trade season that it went away if traded. If you don’t know anything about the contract don’t reply

3 years 11 months ago

No, no compensation for him

Gale Lewis
3 years 11 months ago

Daren Olivier is a Type A and CJ Wilson isn’t?????? ¬†

3 years 11 months ago

There appear to be some errors in the list.

3 years 11 months ago

There appears to be some errors in the rating system…

3 years 11 months ago

Starter vs relievers. Either way the compensory system needs to be foxed

Kendall Adkins
3 years 11 months ago

Umm, how is Wainwright borderline?

3 years 11 months ago

Go read about how the ranking are figured. It’s off thaw past two years, so when you don’t pitch one it’s going to lower your number.

3 years 11 months ago

type A status for david ortiz is going to help boston bigtime in negotiations

3 years 11 months ago

It may also help with the Papelbon negotiations.

3 years 11 months ago

I am very pumped at the season he’s having in conjunction with his status. He’s having the kind of season where there’s no hesitation in offering arbitration and if he actually walks, look at all those draft picks.

Apply statement to Jonathan Papelbon, rinse, repeat.

3 years 11 months ago

our bullpen will need some help if papelbon walks, but our farm system won’t

3 years 11 months ago

And wainwrights option

3 years 11 months ago

Where is C J Wilson?

3 years 11 months ago

Jimmy will be a Type A…he’ll finish strong. It’ll be a shame if he doesn’t for the Phillies sake.