Last week I was searching for a place where I could track all Type "A" and Type "B" MLB free agents as well as the compensation draft picks (if any) they provide. While I was able to find bits and pieces of this information all over the internet, I was forced to put it all together myself. Here's what I came up with.
First I separated all the Type "A" and Type "B" free agents this offseason into four categories.
1) Type "A" Free Agents Offered Arbitration
2) Type "B" Free Agents Offered Arbitration
3) Type "A" Free Agents Not Offered Arbitration
4) Type "B" Free Agents Not Offered Arbitration
Type "A" and Type "B" free agents are determined and compensated as follows
A Type A free agent is ranked in the top 20 percent of players at his position. A team that signs a Type A player gives its top draft pick to the club that the player is leaving; that club also receives a supplemental pick in the sandwich round between the first and second rounds. Compensatory picks that one team gives another via this method are the highest available pick that team has, with the exception of picks in the top half of the first round. These picks are protected from being used as compensation. If a team that picks in the top half of the first draft signs a Type A free agent, they would give up their second round pick. If a team owes two other teams draft picks via Type A free agents, the team whose departing player had a higher score gets the higher ranked pick. A team cannot lose picks it has earned via compensation.
A Class B free agent is ranked below the top 20 percent but in the top 40 percent of players at his position. A team that loses a Type B player receives a supplemental pick, but the signing team does not lose a pick.
However, only the teams who offer their Type "A" and Type "B" free agents arbitration receive draft pick compensation. (Hence why we need four categories for this fanpost instead of two.)
Below is a chart that breaks the free agents into the four categories listed above and tracks where they are now.
Teams highlighted in dark green will receive a draft pick(s) as compensation for losing a player.
Teams highlighted in light green will receive a draft pick(s) as compensation as long as they don't sign the player.
Teams highlighted in red will lose their first round pick for signing a Type "A" player.
Teams highlighted in orange will lose their second round pick for signing a Type "A" player.
A ** next to a player's name means the player accepted arbitration
Type "A" Free Agents Offered Arbitration (14)
|Adrian Beltre||Red Sox||Rangers|
|Carl Crawford||Rays||Red Sox|
|Jorge De La Rosa||Rockies||Rockies|
|Scott Downs||Blue Jays||Angels|
|Adam Dunn||Nationals||White Sox|
|Jason Frasor**||Blue Jays||Blue Jays|
|Paul Konerko||White Sox||White Sox|
|Cliff Lee||Rangers||Phillies (HAHA Yankees)|
|Victor Martinez||Red Sox||Tigers|
Type "B" Free Agents Offered Arbitration (21)
|John Buck||Blue Jays||Marlins|
|Jesse Crain||Twins||White Sox|
|Octavio Dotel||Rockies||Blue Jays|
|Kevin Gregg||Blue Jays||Orioles|
|Trevor Hoffman||Brewers||Retired (No pick for Brewers)|
|Felipe Lopez||Red Sox||?|
|Miguel Olivo||Blue Jays||Mariners|
|J.J. Putz||White Sox||D'Backs|
Type "A" Free Agents Not Offered Arbitration (15)
|A.J. Pierzynski||White Sox||White Sox|
|Manny Ramirez||White Sox||?|
|Dan Wheeler||Rays||Red Sox|
Type "B" Free Agents Not Offered Arbitration (20)
|Jason Varitek||Red Sox||Red Sox|
Now let's break it down by team and see how many draft picks everyone has accumulated.
A number highlighted in green means that team will receive at least one additional first round pick.
A number highlighted in red means that team will lose its first round pick for signing a Type "A" player.
A number highlighted in orange means that team will lose its second round pick for signing a Type "A" player.
(Note: The following chart assumes that all reamaining Type "A" and Type "B" free agents who were offered arbitration will not sign with their original team. Also; Grant Balfour, Adrian Beltre, Carl Pavano, and Rafael Soriano are all Type "A" free agents who haven't signed with a new team yet meaning that up to four more teams could still lose draft picks.)
|Draft Picks Gained||Draft Picks Lost||Total|
Finally, let's take a look at the draft picks gained and lost by division.
|Draft Picks Gained||Draft Picks Lost||Total|
What have I learned after putting this together?
1) The AL East is even more ridiculous than I thought as over 50% of the compensatory draft picks will be headed to that division. (Somehow this just doesn't seem fair but since only one of these picks will be going to the Yankees, I'm not going to complain about it)
2) Despite losing a bunch of talent this offseason, the Rays should be back and stronger than ever in a few years with those TEN DRAFT PICKS!!!!!!! (Somebody please approve a new stadium for them. I don't want to watch any more playoffs games in that dome)
3) The Orioles are hopelessly screwed both now and going forward.
4) While not making any major free agent splashes, the NL West quietly accumulated seven draft picks and should remain strong.
5) The AL Central may have only three first round draft picks as both the White Sox and Tigers lost theirs.
6) Despite losing their first round pick for signing Carl Crawford, the Red Sox could still have two first round selections if another team with a record over .500 last season signs Adrian Beltre.