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WrigleyField 22 wrote:Can anyone explain to me what it means to be a type A,B, or C FA?? Is it for draft compensation?
Type A, B, and C players are defined by a statistical ranking system devised by the Elias Bureau; it's based on stats over the previous two years. The rankings are actually applied to all players, not just free agents; Kerry Wood and Mark Prior were both Type A players, finishing #11 and #12 respectively among NL starting pitchers (Schilling and Johnson ranked #1 and #2). Type A players are those who rank in the top 30% at their position; Type B players rank between 31% and 50% inclusive; Type C players between 51% and 60%. The position groupings are Starting Pitchers; Relief Pitchers; Designated Hitters, First Basemen, and Outfielders; Second Basemen, Third Basemen, and Shortstops; and Catchers. A player is compared only with other players in his league for the purposes of determining whether he's Type A, B, C, or unranked.
Teams must offer arbitration to their free agents by the deadline (usually December 7) in order to receive draft pick compensation when those free agents sign with new teams. Teams losing a Type A free agent receive a high draft pick from the team that signs him (a first round pick if the signing team picks #16-#30 in the first round, a second round pick from a team picking #1-#15 in the first round) and a supplemental pick sandwiched between the end of the first round and the beginning of the second round. A team losing a Type B free agent is compensated only with the high draft pick from the signing team; no supplemental pick. A team losing a Type C free agent receives a supplemental pick sandwiched between the second and third rounds; the signing team does not lose a draft choice. Note that not all Type C players will bring compensation to the team losing them, even if the losing teams offered arbitration.
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