Free Agent Rankings

Dave · November 4, 2004 at 2:59 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

In case you’re curious, Jim Callis has provided the complete list of free agent rankings that will determine compensation. Remember that a player must be offered arbitration for compensation to apply, however. Here’s the list:

Type A
Moises Alou (ChC), Wilson Alvarez (LA), *Tony Batista (Mon), Carlos Beltran (Hou), Adrian Beltre (LA), Armando Benitez (Fla), Jeromy Burnitz (Col), Orlando Cabrera (Bos), Miguel Cairo (NYY), Vinny Castilla (Col), Royce Clayton (Col), *Roger Clemens (Hou), Rheal Cormier (Phi), Carlos Delgado (Tor), J.D. Drew (Atl), Cal Eldred (StL), Steve Finley (LA), Nomar Garciaparra (ChC), Mark Grudzielanek (ChC), Chris Hammond (Oak), Dustin Hermanson (SF), Richard Hidalgo (NYM), Jeff Kent (Hou), Steve Kline (StL), Corey Koskie (Min), *Al Leiter (NYM), Esteban Loaiza (NYY), Derek Lowe (Bos), Matt Mantei (Ari), Edgar Martinez (Sea), Pedro Martinez (Bos), Mike Matheny (StL), Kent Mercker (ChC), Dan Miceli (Hou), Damian Miller (Oak), Kevin Millwood (Phi), Matt Morris (StL), Jeff Nelson (Tex), Magglio Ordonez (CWS), Russ Ortiz (Atl), Carl Pavano (Fla), Troy Percival (Ana), Odalis Perez (LA), Placido Polanco (Phi), Brad Radke (Min), Joe Randa (KC), Edgar Renteria (StL), Richie Sexson (Ari), Paul Shuey (LA), *Ugueth Urbina (Det), Jason Varitek (Bos), Omar Vizquel (Cle), David Wells (SD), *Woody Williams (StL), Scott Williamson (Bos), Jaret Wright (Atl).

Type B
Terry Adams (Bos), Antonio Alfonseca (Atl), Roberto Alomar (CWS), Rich Aurilia (SD), Danny Bautista (Ari), Dave Burba (SF), Chris Carpenter (StL), Matt Clement (ChC), Craig Counsell (Mil), Deivi Cruz (SF), *Mike DeJean (NYM), Elmer Dessens (LA), Brook Fordyce (TB), Chad Fox (Fla), Alex Gonzalez (SD), Juan Gonzalez (KC), Cristian Guzman (Min), Jose Hernandez (LA), Orlando Hernandez (NYY), Todd Jones (Phi), Barry Larkin (Cin), Curtis Leskanic (Bos), Cory Lidle (Phi), *Jon Lieber (NYY), Jose Lima (LA), Tino Martinez (TB), Brent Mayne (LA), *Jose Mesa (Phi), Doug Mirabelli (Bos), Greg Myers (Tor), Hideo Nomo (LA), John Olerud (NYY), Antonio Osuna (SD), Todd Pratt (Phi), Steve Reed (Col), *B.J. Surhoff (Bal), Jose Valentin (CWS), Robin Ventura (LA), Ron Villone (Sea), Todd Walker (ChC), Gabe White (Cin), Dan Wilson (Sea), Paul Wilson (Cin), Esteban Yan (Det), Eric Young (Tex), Gregg Zaun (Tor).

Type C
Sandy Alomar Jr. (CWS), Carlos Baerga (Ari), Kris Benson (NYM), Henry Blanco (Min), Ricky Bottalico (NYM), Jermaine Dye (Oak), Shawn Estes (Col), Julio Franco (Atl), Troy Glaus (Ana), Todd Greene (Col), Ben Grieve (ChC), John Halama (TB), Roberto Hernandez (Phi), *Todd Hollandsworth (ChC), Travis Lee (NYY), Al Levine (Det), *John Mabry (StL), Ramon Martinez (ChC), Jim Mecir (Oak), Eric Milton (Phi), Mike Redmond (Fla), Desi Relaford (KC), Rudy Seanez (Fla), Aaron Sele (Ana), Ismael Valdez (Fla), Todd Van Poppel (Cin), Bob Wickman (CWS), Tony Womack (StL).

Don’t you just love a system that thinks Ron Villone and Matt Clement are equals?


12 Responses to “Free Agent Rankings”

  1. Evan on November 4th, 2004 3:15 pm

    Tony Batista is Type A?

    I love Tony Batista – he’s such a great case study. He has a terrible defensive reputation, and yet he consistently scores very well on objective defensive metrics. He’s a 30 HR/100 RBI guy, and yet his bat is below replacement level.

    Tony Batista is a poster boy for popular misconceptions.

  2. Conor Glassey on November 4th, 2004 3:16 pm

    “Don’t you just love a system that thinks Ron Villone and Matt Clement are equals?”

    …or Troy Glaus and John Halama!

  3. PositivePaul on November 4th, 2004 3:42 pm

    And “BoomBox” Nelson is rated higher than both Clement and El Duque.

    Edgar on this list? Don’t people know he’s RETIRED…

  4. David J Corcoran on November 4th, 2004 3:50 pm

    Dan Miceli? Type A? Ok….

    At least we get a draft pick now for Villone, right? Don’t question it, just accept it! Him being a Type B is GOOD for us!

    I can’t believe Mabry is a Type C…

    Ismael Valdez is a Type C too. Funny ,I thought he had a better year than some of the Type B’ers.

  5. Aaron on November 4th, 2004 3:51 pm

    You know, they have these ranking of who’s the best free agents available, ranked A-C just like school (and I think A is better than B, although I never received either in scholl, so I don’t know for sure). We should be going for the highest ranked guys. A bunch of fans are saying things about Troy Glaus, but he’s only a C. We can’t afford any A’s, so let’s focus on a B-guy that can fill some holes.

    How much would it take to sign Rich Aurilia?

  6. Aaron on November 4th, 2004 3:53 pm

    Eh, some formatting didn’t show up correctly, that was supposed to be from the POV of a M’s FO official. 🙂

  7. msb on November 4th, 2004 4:09 pm

    just a reminder, these rankings are based on 2003-2004 numbers, hence things like Edgar being on the list and Alex being counted as a shortstop….

  8. Mike on November 4th, 2004 4:21 pm

    Is it fair to say half of these guys won’t be offered arbitration for fear of the player accepting it? Arbitration does typically mean the player will get some sort of a raise. I hope the M’s are smarter than to offer Villone arbitration. What is the deadline for offering it to players? Isn’t there a date when the players must accept it by?

  9. Goob on November 4th, 2004 4:41 pm

    So Glaus is a C while Alvarez, Cairo, and Eldred among others are all A’s? Nice system…

  10. hans on November 4th, 2004 4:44 pm

    I’d really love to score Damian Miller… Oh but he’s going to cost a ton as an “A”. I guess we’ll have to settle for “C” level free agents like Troy Glaus or Jermaine Dye.

  11. AceofSpades on November 4th, 2004 5:50 pm

    I also like how Chris Carpenter is a “B” FA, considering Pavano is an “A”. And the fact that his option is likely to be exercised. Funny stuff.

  12. Jon Wells on November 5th, 2004 1:16 am

    #10 — actually, the M’s wouldn’t owe any compensation if they signed Damian Miller since they finished with one of the worst records in baseball. But never mind that, they won’t even consider Miller or any other free agent catcher — if Dan Wilson says he wants $3 million to come back as the backup to Olivo, they’ll probably end up giving it to him. They don’t want to piss off all those middle aged women who love “Dan the Man”…