Official Elias Free Agent rankings

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    Re: Official Elias Free Agent rankings

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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Official Elias Free Agent rankings : If Doubront's not on the opening day roster I'll be surpised. Tazawa is also in the mix for the pen. Ranaundo might get a cup of coffee in September...the rest are simply organizational depth...
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    And, this is why building up our staff is vital. Patchwork fixes are big gambles that are Ok with building up the backend of the pen, but not for our 4th and 5th starters next year.

     
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    Owners, Players Union Discussing Possible Type A Solutions

    As part of the ongoing collective bargaining agreement discussions, the owners and players union "seem focused on two possible solutions for the Type A quandary," writes ESPN's Buster Olney.

    The first idea: instead of the new team giving a potential first-round draft pick to the old one, the old team would simply receive a supplemental pick sandwiched between the first and second rounds.  In a way, this would be like making all players Type Bs.  For example, instead of the Red Sox receiving the Tigers' #19 pick in the 2011 draft for Detroit signing Victor Martinez, maybe they would have received a pick in the 30s, not from the Tigers. 
    This solution seems reasonable.

    A second idea would deter teams from offering arbitration to non-star free agents in the first place.  Olney equates this to the NFL's system, where a star free agent must be paid 120% of his previous salary or the average salary of the top five highest-paid players at his position, whichever is higher, or else be granted unrestricted free agency.  That could mean $8.5MM or more for someone likeKelly Johnson, which could deter the Jays from offering arbitration.  The current free agent arbitration system works this way to a lesser extent. Johnson will get a raise if he accepts, despite a down year.  This is the reason a Type A free agent like Francisco Rodriguez has no chance of getting an arbitration offer. 

     

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