Modified Procedure For Type A Free Agents

Matt Capps, Francisco Cordero, Octavio Dotel, Ramon Hernandez and Darren Oliver were all Type A free agents under the Elias Rankings system, but they will now be treated as Type B free agents, the MLBPA announced. Teams won't have to surrender draft picks to sign them, but the players' former teams obtain a supplementary first round pick whether or not they offer arbitration tomorrow.

Meanwhile, clubs won't have to surrender a draft pick to sign one of the following six players: Heath Bell, Michael Cuddyer, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Madson, Josh Willingham and Francisco Rodriguez. Teams that lose these players after offering arbitration will obtain first round picks in the slot before the signing team plus a supplementary draft pick for a total of two selections.

Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, C.J. Wilson, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Roy Oswalt, Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins were also Type A free agents this offseason. They will cost one draft pick to sign. Their teams will obtain two total picks if they decline offers of arbitration to sign elsewhere, as expected. Takashi Saito and Carlos Beltran, two other Type As, cannot be offered arbitration. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the changes.


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77 Comments on "Modified Procedure For Type A Free Agents"


Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Seems to me having one of those modified Type As is WAY more valuable than having a real Type A.  Bigger signing market and you get a better draft pick (potentially as high as no. 1 overall) with no risk of moving out of the first round.

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3 years 7 months ago

Before they would get TWO picks. The other teams 1st round pick and a supplemental round pick. Now they JUST get a supplemental round pick, but dont have to take risk of offering arbitration. Padres would have likely had to pay Heath Bell $12 + million for 2012 if they had to offer arbitration.

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pastlives
3 years 7 months ago

as a jays fan, here’s hoping the astros sign kelly johnson

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

No, they need to save their money for Ryan Madson. Ed Wade loves himself some former Phillies.

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crzycanuck
3 years 7 months ago

As a Jays fan, here’s hoping they re-sign Johnson.  We need a 2B and there arn’t many good ones left on the market.  That to go along with the fact they don’t have a ML-ready 2B in the farm system makes it even more imperative to sign him.

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Jose_Bautista
3 years 7 months ago

Yes, he is probably the best 2B out there. I’d try and re sign him.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

move Lawrie back to second.

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sports33
3 years 7 months ago

Not. Happening. Ever.

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snapcase8p
3 years 7 months ago

Detroit Tigers say, “hello”.

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Commander_Nate
3 years 7 months ago

Ramon Hernandez will no longer cost a pick, eh? See ya, Mathis.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

And while we’re at it, Heath Bell probably just got himself a whole new grip of suitors… (ditto Matt Capps, Kelly Johnson, et al…)

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Mike Lynch
3 years 7 months ago

Capps didn’t gain in suitors as he won’t be offered arbitration.

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mmiller54
3 years 7 months ago

The twins may have gained a supplemental draft pick as it is common for teams to have gentleman’a agreements with type b players not to accept arb.

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Mike Lynch
3 years 7 months ago

The Twins will offer Arbitration to Kubel and Cuddyer as they will decline as they are seeking muliti-year deals (Most likely the last for Cuddyer).  They will not offer Capps arbitration as he is categorized as a closer and will instantly accept as he will make $9-10M in arbitration instead of the $5-7M that he will get on the open market.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

they don’t have to offer arbitration anymore to receive compensation. it will be type B compensation, but that’s better than the no-compensation they were going to get before this

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Mike Lynch
3 years 7 months ago

You are correct, the fact the the Twins get a pick for Capps without offering arbitration is new information since I posted.  The Twins could end up with 6 picks in the top 50-60 (#2 overall, a 2nd 1st rounder for Cuddyer, 3 sandwich picks and #2 in 2nd round).

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slider32
3 years 7 months ago

Most of the top players come in the first 10 picks, after that its a crap shoot. The rest of the teams are trying to land a Kemp or Pujols, but that doesn’t happen very often.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I wonder how they will decide from Type A and Modified Type A…or is it just for this year?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Just this year. The Elias rankings will be eliminated next year. Instead, each team can offer a player a ‘qualifying’ contract, and if declined it will net them compensation. Supposedly, it will be $12.4M next year.

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3 years 7 months ago

 Average of the top 125 league salaries.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

which will pretty much mean the end of teams hoarding fringe players to collect picks, not many players will turn down a 12.4 million 1 year deal.. Probably only 5-7 per off season

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Mike Lynch
3 years 7 months ago

You are correct.  Going forward, with the requirement that you must be with the club all season and the $12+M offer, the only Type A FA will be star players like Pujols and higher end starters.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Ok this thing has confused the crap out of me.Lets say the Marlins sign Reyes.Do the Mets get two picks or just one

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Two, same as before.

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johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Not trying to pick an argument with you again but looks like you got that torn down draft ya were looking for here.. It is 100% thrown against large market clubs on the draft for the most part, unless KC and Houston (for example) start throwing around large bonuses and don’t really expect either to begin doing that all of a sudden.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Not really because we still do not had a hard cap on draft picks

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johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Penalties for going overboard are stiff enough to stop that for the most part on teams that would say..Go down and grab guys on 10th..20th round and give them large amounts like we had tha chat about a few days back.

Even big market teams like that #1, whether or not is is like the 30th overall pick or not.

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slider32
3 years 7 months ago

If you not picking in the first 10 then its might not be good to pick at all in the first round. First round picks make 2 to 10 million, and very few later picks make it to the majors compared to the top 10. Your just as likely to get a good player like Pedroia, Either, Kemp, in the later rounds. Look at that stud for the Rays Matt Moore.

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3 years 7 months ago

In the draft there is now a “luxury tax” for teams that spend over a certain amount. That means teams like Pittsburgh will no longer be able to sign top amateurs even if they have the 1st pick, because it would cripple them on signings further down.

For the big market teams its no big deal to pay a luxury tax.

The divide between the haves and the have nots will just get bigger.

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MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Paying a 75-100% tax and losing picks in future drafts is definitely a big deal for large market teams.

This hurts small market teams disproportionately, but it also hurts larger market teams who spend big money in the draft (like the Red Sox).

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Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

its brutal…

but at the same time, I think the red sox, jays, etc still end up getting the same players, over slot, internationally. However the players themselves will be taking a cut, theres less money to go around and teams wont be so willing to throw dollars at overslot kids..

I think the international market and high school kids are the ones who really suffer from this new rule

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crzycanuck
3 years 7 months ago

You think Tyler Beede is kicking himself now?  Anthopoulos offered him a lot of money but ended up committing to Vanderbilt.  I tried talking some sense to him on Twitter (yes, I know lmao) and so did AA.  Now, on top of losing mucho dinero, he has to risk getting injured for 3 years before he can re-enter the draft.  Of course when he didn’t get the money he wanted he said God had other plans for him.  Ya, my big smelly foot He did.  Would you like fries with that?

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slider32
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve noticed that the bigger markets have picked up ex top ten picks to improve their rosters, since they can’t draft them. Yanks have A-Rod, Swisher, CC, and Tex, the Sox have Gonzo, Beckett, Drew, and the more #1 you have the better.

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johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly.. Having to pay the luxury tax would be bad enough, but losing a future #1 was one of the worst things imaginable to come out of the draft and seems aimed at totally stopping large market teams from targetting players who had strong commitments to college.. Draft 3-5 every season, then doing their best to sign at least 2 to sign.

I saw nothing so far about 2 sport contracts and if they were affected.

from how Selig seems to want players to sign for nothing thus far, he may have done away with those so they sign with NFL/NBA teams also.

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3 years 7 months ago

BS. Paying a luxury tax has NEVER stopped a big market team from going after the players they wanted.

It wont stop them now either because if they lose 75% of how much they go over the amount they are allotted in the draft or even a draft pick to sign a Bryce Harper they will simply spend the big bucks that year on a free agent.

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MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Really?  The draft hasn’t meant anything to the Red Sox?  Is that why they spend $10M+ on it every year?  You don’t think paying a 100% tax plus losing as much as two first round draft picks is going to give them pause?  A team that nearly refuses to pay the luxury tax for the major league payroll is suddenly not going to care about a luxury tax on draft picks?  Sure, sounds reasonable.