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.