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Pudge slips to Class B

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 21, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Interesting work by Eddie at Detroit Tiger Thoughts. He figured out the free-agent classification system used by MLB, which determines draft-pick compensation.

Pudge Rodriguez has apparently slipped to Class B. That means if the Yankees offer him arbitration and he signs with another team, they would receive a supplemental first-round pick, not the other team’s first-round pick.

The Yankees have a bunch of free agents (Pudge, Pettitte, Moose, Giambi, Abreu, Pavano, Marte) and could theoretically get a pile of draft picks. But they also have to be careful about who they offer arbitration to.

Pudge makes $13 million and may jump at the chance at a raise and another year in pinstripes. Giambi almost certainly would.

Teams sometime have deals with players to decline arbitration. I do not know which players, if any, the Yankees have such an agreement with. For a Type A player, such a deal might limit their market as teams now place more value on draft picks.




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