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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

November 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Elias free agent rankings are out

The Elias rankings of potential free agents is hot off the presses (well, hot off my e-mail file) from the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The Mariners have two Type B free agents, which means they rank between the top 21 to 40 percent of players (as determined by the Elias player rankings, sanctioned by MLB): Adrian Beltre and Erik Bedard. That means if they are offered arbitration by the Mariners and sign with another team, the Mariners get a “sandwich pick” (between the first and second round) as compensation. None of the other Mariner free agents got a Type A (top 20 percent) or B ranking. Teams that lose a Type A player to whom they offered arbitration are compensated with the signing club’s first- or second-round pick (depending on where they are drafting) and a sandwich pick.

The rest of the Mariners’ free agents are unranked, meaning there is no compensation required if they sign with other teams.

Here are the Type A free agents, as listed by the union (I’m not even sure if these have already been released; I know there’s been a lot of speculation; a few people have cracked the code of the Elias Rankings, most notably Eddie Bajek of Detroit Tiger Thoughts. These are official, however):

A Gonzalez, Mike RP AT

A Soriano, Rafael RP AT

A Bay, Jay OF BO

A Martinez, Victor C BO

A Wagner, Billy RP BO

A Grabow, John RP CC

A Gregg, Kevin RP CC

A Betancourt, Rafael RP CO

A Dotel, Octavio E. RP CWS

A Dye, Jermaine OF CWS

A Polanco, Placido 2B DE

A Hawkins, LaTroy RP HO

A Tejada, Miguel O. SS HO

A Valverde, Jose RP HO

A Figgins, Chone 3B LAA

A Lackey, John SP LAA

A Oliver, Darren RP LAA

A Hudson, Orlando 2B LAD

A Ramirez, Manny OF LAD

A Wolf, Randy SP LAD

A Cabrera, Orlando L. SS MN

A Damon, Johnny OF NYY

A Lee, Cliff SP PH

A Molina, Bengie C SF

A Holliday, Matt OF SL

A Scutaro, Marco 2B/SS TO

And the Type Bs:

B Pineiro, Joel SP SL

B Crawford, Carl OF TB

B Shouse, Brian RP TB

B Springer, Russ RP TB

B Zaun, Gregg C TB

B Byrd, Marlon OF TE

B Rodriguez, Ivan T. C TE

B Barajas, Rod C TO

B Anderson, Garret OF AT

B LaRoche, Adam 1B AT

B Davis, Doug SP AZ

B Mora, Melvin 3B BA

B Varitek, Jason A. C BO

B Wakefield, Tim SP BO

B Harden, Rich SP CC

B Hernandez, Ramon J. C CI

B Beimel, Joe RP CO

B Marquis, Jason SP CO

B Torrealba, Yorvit C CO

B Lyon, Brandon RP DE

B Rodney, Fernando RP DE

B Calero, Kiko RP FL

B Johnson, Nick 1B FL

B Brocail, Doug RP HO

B Olivo, Miguel C KC

B Belliard, Ron 2B LAD

B Garland, Jon SP LAD

B Mota, Guillermo RP LAD

B Ohman, Will RP LAD

B Padilla, Vicente SP LAD

B Cameron, Michael OF MI

B Kendall, Jason C MI

B Looper, Braden L. RP MI

B Lopez, Felipe 2B/3B/SS/OF MI

B Weathers, Dave RP MI

B Pavano, Carl SP MN

B Delgado, Carlos 1B NYM

B Tatis, Fernando 1B/3B/OF NYM

B Nady, Xavier OF NYY

B Pettitte, Andy SP NYY

B Duchscherer, Justin SP OA

B Eyre, Scott RP PH

B Guerrero, Vladimir OF/DH LAA

B Park, Chan Ho SP PH

B Giles, Brian S. OF SD

B Bedard, Erik SP SE

B Beltre, Adrian 3B SE

B Howry, Bob RP SF

B Johnson, Randy SP SF

B Winn, Randy OF SF

B De Rosa, Mark 3B SL

B Glaus, Troy 3B SL

All other free agents are unranked.

The impact, obviously, is that teams really have to want a Type A player to sign him, because the loss of a high draft pick is not something to trifle with. The Mariners have been linked to Orlando Hudson, for instance. He’s a Type A. Would the Mariners want to give up their No. 1 pick to sign Hudson? I have my doubts.

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