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Free agent status altered for several players

Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:23 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 5:31 pm
By Matt Snyder

With the new collective bargaining agreement -- details provided by Danny Knobler here -- free agent compensation will be dramatically changed starting next offseason. This time around, though, there are some players who have had their status changed, which affects draft pick compensation to teams that lose players to free agency.

These five players were slotted as Type A free agents, but will now be considered Type B: Matt Capps, Francisco Cordero, Octavio Dotel, Ramon Hernandez and Darren Oliver.

Teams will not have to offer arbitration to those players in order to receive compensation. And the teams that sign those players will not lose any picks. Under the old system, if one of those five players signed with one of the top 15 teams in the draft, signing that player would cost the new team a second-round pick. If the team was drafting 16-30, it would cost a first-rounder. So, essentially, it just got more attractive to sign one of those five players.

Heath Bell, Michael Cuddyer, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Madson, Francisco Rodriguez and Josh Willingham are Type A free agents that will be treated as follows, from an MLB press release:
A Club that signs one of (these) six Type A Players shall not forfeit a regular Draft choice to the Player’s former Club. If the Player’s former Club offers the player arbitration, and the Player declines the offer, the former Club shall receive: (a) a draft choice in the same round and immediately prior to the draft choice that the signing Club otherwise would have forfeited, and (b) a compensation round selection.
All Type A free agents must be offered arbitration by midnight on November 23, otherwise the club forfeits the rights to compensation. Also, Carlos Beltran and Takashi Saito cannot be offered arbitration.

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Since: Nov 24, 2011
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Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:21 am

Free agent status altered for several players

wow that a lot i like you posts

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:19 pm

Free agent status altered for several players


The only changes were to the players above, if I understand everything correctly (and there's a ton of it to wade through, so I very well could be wrong).
The changes are for everyone moving forward, but not retroactive. So any deals from now on will use the new system, but Jonathan Papelbon's deal, for example, was reached under the old rules. So it actually hurts the Phillies a bit compared to if they had waited.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:09 pm

Free agent status altered for several players

You can bet the interest in closers like Capps, Bell, Madson, Rodriguez and Cordero just jumped for a lot of teams around the league. Does anyone know how this effects players that were former Type B's (ie. Jose Molina). Is there still compensation for the Blue Jays this year if he finalizes that reported contract in Tampa Bay?

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