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Compensation talk

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  November 1, 2007 02:12 PM

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We know your head is still in the clouds after watching the Red Sox win their second world championship in four years, but for the team it's time to look forward to 2008.

We got a little news today about what the Sox' free agents might bring to the team should they sign elsewhere. Of the Sox' three major free agents -- Mike Lowell, Curt Schilling, and Eric Gagne -- two of them (Lowell and Schilling) were classified as Type A, which means the team that signs either of them must give the Red Sox their first-round pick in the 2008 draft (unless that pick is among the top 15). The Sox will get a “sandwich” pick between the first and second rounds as compensation well.

Gagne, who initially seemed targeted as a Type A free agent, was instead dubbed a Type B, which means the Sox will get only a "sandwich" pick between the first and second rounds when another team signs him.

What's the difference between a Type A and a Type B? Type A free agents represent the top 20 percent of players at each position, while Type B's are the next 40 percent. Check out the full list here.

It is important to note, the Globe’s Gordon Edes reminds us, that the team receives picks only if the player is offered arbitration by Dec. 1 or if the player signs with another club before Dec. 1. The player offered arbitration has until Dec. 7 to decide whether to accept. If he accepts arbitration, he becomes a signed player.

How does this impact the Sox? They're not expected to offer Schilling arbitration, so any team wanting him will likely wait until after Dec. 1 to sign him. The Sox are likely to offer arbitration to Lowell.

Incidentally, if the Red Sox sign a Type A free agent that isn't one of their own, they must give up their first-round draft pick and get a "sandwich" pick back in exchange.

Isn't free agency fun?

Perfect score for Papi
If you look at the rankings closely, you’ll notice that Red Sox DH David Ortiz earned a perfect score in the annual Elias compilation. Big Papi ranked first among American League DHs in plate appearances, batting average, on-base percentage, home runs and RBIs in 2006 and 2007 combined.

Information from the Globe’s Gordon Edes and the Associated Press was used in this report.

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