The Elias Sports Bureau rankings, used to classify free agents as Type A (top 30 percent at their position), Type B (31-50 percent) or Type C (51-60 percent), came out this week. As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, starting in 2007, Type A will become the top 20 percent and Type B will become the 21-40 percent group, with Type C now meaningless.
While the classification modifications won't take place until next year, the compensation for each group changes immediately. Type A free agents will yield the signing team's first-round pick (provided it's not in the upper half of the first round) and a supplemental first-rounder, the same as before. But Type B compensation goes from the signing team's first-round pick (with the same upper-first-round protection) to a supplemental first-round choice, and Type C goes from a supplemental second-rounder to nothing. Teams still have to offer their free agents arbitration in order to receive compensation.
Below is a list of all possible free agents who could command compensation. Those marked with an asterisk have unresolved contract situations (options or opt-out clauses) or haven't filed for free agency yet.
Ari: Miguel Batista (B), Craig Counsell (B), Luis Gonzalez (A).
Atl: Danys Baez (A).
Bal: LaTroy Hawkins (B), Kevin Millar (A).
Bos: *Keith Foulke (B), Alex Gonzalez (B), Mark Loretta (A), Trot Nixon (B).
ChC: Juan Pierre (B), Aramis Ramirez (A).
CWS: *Dustin Hermanson (A), David Riske (A).
Cin: Rich Aurilia (A), Eddie Guardado (A), *Kent Mercker (B), Scott Schoeneweis (B), David Weathers (A).
Col: Jose Mesa (B).
Det: Sean Casey (A), Jamie Walker (B).
Fla: Joe Borowski (A).
Hou: *Craig Biggio (B), *Roger Clemens (A), Aubrey Huff (A), *Andy Pettitte (A), Russ Springer (A).
LAA: Adam Kennedy (B).
LAD: *J.D. Drew (A), Eric Gagne (A), Nomar Garciaparra (B), *Kenny Lofton (B), Julio Lugo (A), Greg Maddux (A).
Mil: Tony Graffanino (A), Rick Helling (B), Tomo Ohka (B).
NYM: Chad Bradford (A), Cliff Floyd (A), *Tom Glavine (A), Orlando Hernandez (B), Roberto Hernandez (A), Guillermo Mota (B), Darren Oliver (B), Jose Valentin (B).
NYY: *Mike Mussina (A), *Gary Sheffield (A), Ron Villone (B).
Oak: Jay Payton (B), Frank Thomas (B), Barry Zito (A).
Phi: *Jeff Conine (B), *David Dellucci (A), Aaron Fultz (A), Mike Lieberthal (A), Arthur Rhodes (B).
Pit: *Jeromy Burnitz (B).
StL: Ronnie Belliard (A), *Jim Edmonds (A), Jason Marquis (B), *Mark Mulder (B), Jeff Suppan (A), Jeff Weaver (B), *Preston Wilson (B).
SD: Alan Embree (B), Ryan Klesko (B), Chan Ho Park (B), *Mike Piazza (A), Dave Roberts (A), Rudy Seanez (A), Todd Walker (A), *David Wells (B), Woody Williams (A).
SF: Moises Alou (A), Barry Bonds (A), Ray Durham (A), Pedro Feliz (B), Shea Hillenbrand (B), Jason Schmidt (A), Mike Stanton (B).
Sea: Gil Meche (B).
Tex: Rod Barajas (B), Mark DeRosa (B), Carlos Lee (A), Gary Matthews Jr. (A), Vicente Padilla (B).
Tor: Frank Catalanotto (A), Ted Lilly (B), Bengie Molina (A), Justin Speier (A), Gregg Zaun (B).
Was: Jose Guillen (B), Ramon Ortiz (B), Alfonso Soriano (A).
If the Dodgers offer arbitration to all their possible Type A and B free agents, they could wind up with four first-round picks and six supplemental first-rounders. That's the fourth-greatest potential haul, behind only the Padres (five first-rounders, nine sandwich picks), Mets (four and eight) and Giants (four and seven)of the past.