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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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