Elias determines how valuable each MLB player is, and not just free agents. Every player is put in 1 of 5 groups depending which position they appeared in the most games at over the last 2 seasons.
Group 1: first basemen, outfielders, and designated hitters
Group 2: second basemen, third basemen, and shortstops
Group 3: catchers
Group 4: starters
Group 5: relievers
Here are the stat categories used for each of the five position groups:
1B/OF/DH: PA, AVG, OBP, HR, RBI
2B/3B/SS: PA, AVG, OBP, HR, RBI, Fielding percentage, Total chances at designated position
C: PA, AVG, OBP, HR, RBI, Fielding percentage, Assists
SP: Total games (total starts + 0.5 * total relief appearances), IP, Wins, W-L Percentage, ERA, Strikeouts
RP: Total games (total relief appearances + 2 * total starts), IP (weighted slightly less than other categories), Wins + Saves, IP/H ratio, K/BB, ERA
Type A: Top 20 percent in their positional group. If arbitration is offered and declined, then a first round and sandwich pick between the first and second rounds are awarded to the team losing the player. The Top 15 picks in the MLB Amateur Draft are protected. If any of these shit teams sign a Type A free agent, they would only lose their 2nd round pick.
Type B: Top 21-40 percent in their positional group. Again if arbitration is offered and declined, a sandwich pick is awarded to the team losing the player. Example: Did that foul tip hit him in the Rod or the Barajas?
No Compensation - 41-100 percent in their positional group.
Partial List of shit teams for 2009 with record:
|4||Kansas City Royals|
|7||New York Mets|
|9||San Diego Padres|
|11||Toronto Blue Jays|
|13||Chicago White Sox|
Compensation for unsigned 2009 1st round pick, Matt Purke
Hey.....wait a minute.....we are on this list. AND we just traded away our best player? Fuck me.
Partial List of Type A's for 2009:
Matt Holliday 95.960
Jose Valverde 89.874
Jason Bay 89.859
Johnny Damon 85.634
Mike Gonzalez 84.268
John Lackey 83.865
Rafael Soriano 83.667
Marco Scutaro 83.069
Orlando Hudson 82.488
Bengie Molina 81.224
Miguel Tejada 81.143
So what does this mean to me you ask?
Naturally there are exceptions. Think GAY J last year and more recently Scutaro this year. Both these guys walked away from arbitration and we got shafted because of our free spending fucking divisional rivals. They just can't help themselves.
GAY J was signed with CC relatively early on in the off season last year. CC was rated higher by Elias hence the Brewers got the Evil Empires first round 25th pick and we got their second round 73rd pick but only temporarily. Just to be sure, they bring Tex on board for 8 years @ $180 million. In doing so, we got bumped all the way down to a third round 104th pick and a sandwich for GAY J.
It happened again but this year it was the Red Sucks turn signing Lackey shortly after Scutaro bumping us to a second rounder. So the Angels get the 29th pick in the 2010 draft and we get pick number 61. And it's not over either.....Holiday, Valverde, and Damon are all still on the market. Anyone of them sign with Boston, we get pushed down another round. Again.