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