November 10, 2009

Yankees Type A & B free agents

The  Elias free agent rankings are out, and all Type A and B free agents have been classified. (If you don’t know what that means, read this:)

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.

If a team signs a Type A free agent, its first-round pick goes to the former team -- unless that pick is in the top 15, in which case a second-round pick goes to the former team. The former team also gets an extra pick between the first and second rounds.

If a team loses a Type B free agent, it gets an extra "sandwich" pick.

Two Yankees were misplaced, and the other two were placed correctly.

As expected, Johnny Damon is a Type A, and Andy Pettitte is a Type B. (Eric Hinske, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Jose Molina were of course unranked.)

But, instead of calling Hideki Matsui being a Type B and Xavier Nady being unranked, they were flip-flopped!

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