MLB trade rumors with the help of Eddie Bajek of Detroit Tigers Thoughts have projected Elias Rankings for free agents for the upcoming season to determine their status. Basically, Eddie, who is clearly much smarter than me, reversed engineered the formula Elias used for those rankings last year and he was able to offer projections of who is type A, type B or none based on their stats from the past two season.
Why is this important, well if you lose a free agent you can get some compensation in the form of draft picks if they are a Type A or Type B.
ESPN's Keith Law sums it up very well in this blog post.
If a team that signs a Type A player gives its top draft pick to the club that the player is leaving. The "losing" club also receives a supplemental pick in the "sandwich" round between the first and second rounds.
Type B players, ranked below the top 30 percent but in the top 50 percent of players at their positions. A team that loses a Type B player receives a supplemental pick, but the signing team does not lose any picks.
So when Raul Ibanez went to the Phillies they picked up a couple extra picks, including SS Nick Franklin and C Steven Baron.
Coming into this season, it was thought the Mariners had three possible players that would get some level of status with 3B Adrian Beltre and LHP Erik Bedard as possible Type A candidates and LHP Jarrod Washburn as a Type B.
But about midway through the season that those hopes wouldn't be met. Bedard was bordering on Type A/Type B, but his injuries have crushed that. He's right in the middle of the Type B group. Obviously his position could shift, but it seems unlikely that it will shift that much. But does it really matter? With his injury, Bedard isn't likely to refuse salary arbitration because no team is going to sign him.
Beltre is also in middle of the Type B group. His injuries have certainly sapped his numbers this season, but it looked as though he was going to fall in the Type B group about midseason. And there is no way he's coming back to Seattle.
As for Washburn, he's no longer on the Mariners, but there was some discussion about keeping him and getting the draft pick if he left, or re-signing him. But since joining the Tigers he's 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA and he's fallen just out of the Type B group to the none category. And with knee problems making in unlikely that he will pitch again this season, he could stay in that group.
It's nothing earth shattering, but if you think about it, the Mariners figured they might get at least two first round picks, two sandwich supplemental pick and another supplemental pick out of those three players, now they will most likely get one supplemental pick.
Also here's a very interesting story from slate.com about the use of visual training in sports and they spoke to Russell Branyan about it.
As for the pregame notes ...Manager Don Wakamatsu is still holding out hope that he may get Russell Branyan an at-bat or two before the season ends.
"We’re just going to continue to let him hit a little bit," Wakamatsu said. "With the lack of time and the ability to take ground balls yet, I don’t foresee – unless its the last day or two – if he’ll get an at-bat or not. We’ll just go down that road and continue to let him swing and see how it goes."
"We would like him to be back for what he’s done to get at least a day in the lineup, but we’re not going to force that," Wakamatsu said. "I know he’s done everything he’s can to get back to where he was. A lot of the pain is gone from the hip area from where it was bothering him mostly. But again we’re looking at it where we don’t jeopardize anything going forward. We wanted him to finish up with the team he helped start. So we’ll see how that goes. Hopefully we can get him an at-bat or two."
Jack Wilson is going to meet with a doctor tonight about his sore heel.
"He’s still hobbling around pretty good too. The chances of him playing the rest of the season are probably not very good," Wakamatsu said.
It's something that seemed likely a few weeks ago.
When asked what the doctor was looking for, Wakamatsu said there wasn't anything specific.
"They are just going to look at it again," he said. "It’s a bruised heel. When they x-rayed it before, there was no structural damage. It’s just one of those ones that affects your arch and your ability to kind of put weight on it."
As for the Ken Griffey Jr. watch, Wakamatsu is just as in the dark as we are, or so he says.
"He's pretty tight lipped about it," Wakamatsu said. "We actually went fishing yesterday, and he never brought it up. That's Junior's decision, that's Jack's decision. All I can speak of is my experience with him this year, and it's been an honor to have a player of that caliber, and get to know him as a person, and respect him all that much more.
So does Wakamatsu want him back?
"That's a tough question," Wakamatsu said. "Obviously, I respect the man as much as anyone in the game. I'll leave that up to Jack and Junior and his agent."