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Our Free Agent Class: 5 Type A's

Here are the freshly updated free agent compensation rankings, thanks to someone who reverse-engineers Elias' official Type A/Type B classifications. Long story short, if the offseason began today, we'd have a stunning 5 Type A free agents on the open market. Here's a list of their rankings; remember, A) they're based on two-year performances, and B) the cutoff for Type A is around 70 and higher, for Type B around 60 and higher (they use a bit of a sliding scale depending on position):

88.51 Abreu

81.21 Lackey

78.57 Vladdie

73.95 Chone

72.26 Darren Oliver

Contract-walkers Robb Quinlan and Kelvim Escobar are in the loser's circle of bupkus compensation.

A reminder: When someone else signs a Type A that we have offered arbitration to, then we get two high draft picks -- that team's first-round pick (if they are, as they tend to be, teams slotted to pick between 16 and 30), or it's second round pick (if they're slotted for 1-15), plus a compensation pick just after the first round, ordered by reverse order of the winning record of the picking teams (so therefore, we tend to pick last among the supplementals).

In theory, if we offered arb to all of those guys, and they all signed elsewhere (and note: this will not happen), we would stand to receive 10 of the first 50 or so draft picks. In the real world, Oliver ain't going anywhere (he'll probably either re-sign or retire), and Abreu at the least seems headed back. Still, it's nice to have the maximum possible compensation options.

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