Tuesday, November 10, 2009

'Elias Rankings' Released

Piggybacking off of Sec202's Derosa post. Here is a complete listing of the MLB Free Agent Compensation 'Elias Rankings'. Free agents are classified as Type A, Type B or not at all. The compensation applies to free agents offered arbitration by their former club by the Dec. 1 deadline or to those who sign before then.

The rankings combine stats such as batting average, home runs and RBI for hitters, and innings, ERA, saves and strikeouts for pitchers.

Type A players are among the top 20% at their grouping, and a team losing a Type A free agent to another club receives a draft pick from that club.

Type B players are among 21%-40% in their grouping, and a team losing a Type B free agent to another club receives a "sandwich" pick between rounds of the amateur draft. (USAtoday)

Players with * have 2010 options in current contract (Fanhouse)

Type A free agents (with former team):

Jason Bay, OF, Boston
Rafael Betancourt, RP, Colorado*
Orlando Cabrera, IF, Minnesota
Johnny Damon, OF, Yankees
Octavio Dotel, RP, White Sox
Jermaine Dye, OF, White Sox*
Chone Figgins, IF, Angels
Mike Gonzalez, RP, Atlanta
John Grabow, RP, Cubs
Kevin Gregg, RP, Cubs
LaTroy Hawkins, RP, Houston
Matt Holliday, OF, St. Louis
Orlando Hudson, IF, Dodgers
John Lackey, SP, Angels
Cliff Lee, SP, Philadelphia*
Victor Martinez, C/1B, Boston*
Bengie Molina, C, San Francisco
Darren Oliver, RP, Angels
Placido Polanco, IF, Detroit
Manny Ramirez, OF, Dodgers*
Marco Scutaro, IF, Toronto
Rafael Soriano, RP, Atlanta
Miguel Tejada, IF, Houston
Jose Valverde, RP, Houston
Billy Wagner, RP, Boston
Randy Wolf, SP, Dodgers

Type B Free Agents:

Type B free agents (with former team):
Garret Anderson, OF, Atlanta
Rod Barajas, C, Toronto
Erik Bedard, SP, Seattle
Joe Beimel, RP, Colorado
Ronnie Belliard, IF, Dodgers
Adrian Beltre, IF, Seattle
Doug Brocail, RP, Houston*
Marlon Byrd, OF, Texas
Kiko Calero, RP, Florida
Mike Cameron, OF, Milwaukee
Carl Crawford, OF, Tampa Bay*
Doug Davis, SP, Arizona
Carlos Delgado, 1B, Mets
Mark DeRosa, IF, St. Louis
Justin Duchscherer, SP, Oakland
Scott Eyre, RP, Philadelphia
Jon Garland, SP, Dodgers
Brian Giles, OF, San Diego
Troy Glaus, IF, St. Louis
Vladimir Guerrero, OF, Angels
Rich Harden, SP, Cubs
Ramon Hernandez, C, Cincinnati*
Bob Howry, RP, San Francisco
Nick Johnson, 1B, Florida
Randy Johnson, SP, San Francisco
Jason Kendall, C, Milwaukee
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Atlanta
Braden Looper, SP, Milwaukee*
Felipe Lopez, IF, Milwaukee
Brandon Lyon, RP, Detroit
Jason Marquis, SP, Colorado
Guillermo Mota, RP, Dodgers
Melvin Mora, IF, Baltimore
Xavier Nady, OF, Yankees
Will Ohman, RP, Dodgers*
Miguel Olivo, C, Kansas City*
Vicente Padilla, SP, Dodgers
Chan Ho Park, RP, Philadelphia
Carl Pavano, SP, Minnesota
Andy Pettitte, SP, Yankees
Joel Pineiro, SP, St. Louis
Fernando Rodney, RP, Detroit
Ivan Rodriguez, C, Texas
Brian Shouse, RP, Tampa Bay*
Russ Springer, RP, Tampa Bay
Fernando Tatis, IF, Mets
Yorvit Torrealba, C, Colorado*
Jason Varitek, C, Boston*
Tim Wakefield, SP, Boston
David Weathers, RP, Milwaukee*
Randy Winn, OF San Francisco
Gregg Zaun, C, Tampa Bay*


  1. It's amazing to me that MLB uses such an arbitrary ranking system to rank their free-agents and distribute draft picks.

    That's almost like if NCAA Football let a bunch of media members with rooting and financial interest determine their National Championship...

    ...oh wait

  2. Pretty good read about how bad the process is.


    Billy Wagner is a Type A; Joel Piniero is a Type B. Bengie Molina is a Type A; Carl Crawford is a Type B. Jason Kendall is worth compensation; Hideki Matsui is not. You get the idea.

    So the BoSox get great compensation just for signing Billy Wagner to a deal for a couple of months.

  3. Crazy. I never knew how that worked. It was a smart move to sign a guy like Wagner and just turn around and help replenish your minor league system. Do GM's think about this? I don't remember that there were that many teams interested in Wagner but why not?