ABCs of Free Agency

Russ Springer is a Type-A free agent. So is Doug Brocail, and Bobby Howry. Huh? That’s right — Springer, Brocail, and Howry are deemed in the same “class” as Manny Ramirez, C.C. Sabathia, and Mark Teixeira, among others. Go figure.

Meantime, the same sure-fire system puts Gregg Zaun and Rudy Seanez on a level with Brad Penny, John Smoltz, and Jon Garland. You simply can’t make this stuff up.

For the uninitiated, a team losing a “Type A” gets two first-round draft picks — one of which will come from the signing team, unless the signing team has one of the top 15 picks in the draft, and one “sandwich pick” between the first and second rounds. Teams losing “Type B” free agents receive one sandwich pick, also between the first and second rounds.

Armed with that knowledge, herewith I relay the “Type A” and “Type B” free agents that have filed so far.

Type A
Mark Teixeira
C.C. Sabathia
Bobby Abreu
Doug Brocail
A.J. Burnett
Pat Burrell
Orlando Cabrera
Juan Cruz
Ryan Dempster
Adam Dunn
Brian Fuentes
Brian Giles
Trevor Hoffman
Bobby Howry
Orlando Hudson
Raul Ibanez
Derek Lowe
Damaso Marte
Jamie Moyer
Mike Mussina
Darren Oliver
Oliver Perez
Andy Pettitte
Manny Ramirez
Edgar Renteria
Francisco Rodriguez
Ben Sheets
Russ Springer
Jason Varitek
Kerry Wood

Type B
Jeremy Affeldt
Moises Alou
Garret Anderson
Luis Ayala
Joe Beimel
Casey Blake
Milton Bradley
Paul Byrd
Mike Cameron
Alan Embree
Eric Gagne
Jon Garland
Luis Gonzalez
Ken Griffey
Mark Grudzielanek
LaTroy Hawkins
Jason Isringhausen
Randy Johnson
Jeff Kent
Paul LoDuca
Braden Looper
Mark Loretta
Brandon Lyon
Greg Maddux
Brad Penny
Denny Reyes
Arthur Rhodes
Ivan Rodriguez
Rudy Seanez
Brian Shouse
John Smoltz
Frank Thomas
Salomon Torres
Juan Uribe
David Weathers
Randy Wolf
Gregg Zaun

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  1. Schmidtxc November 3, 2008 at 9:30 am
    The system does balance itself out somewhat though. If a team offers a player arbitration, that player is assured a one year deal with at worst a 20% pay cut. That makes it pretty unlikely that many of these guys are going to be subject to the draft pick system.