Elias Rankings

Elias Rankings for Cubs Free Agents

The official Elias Rankings are out and MLB.com does their usual job of half-assery by not giving out the full list, but at least we know Joe Mauer is the top AL catcher. Gee thanks!

The ESPN free agent tracker gives the listings for those that have filed so far and it looks like SI.com has finally come through with the full list of potential free agents. For those unaware of the system or need a refresher, Elias has come up with some rather archaic ranking system that takes the last two years worth of stats and ranks every player in baseball...mostly relying on counting stats (decent explanation of the point system can be found near the end of this mlb.com article or read through this Tigers fans blog who is trying to reverse engineer their rankings). The importance of it is that MLB uses it to figure out free agent compensation. A type "A" player that is offered arbitration by his former team and is signed by a new team will net his old club a first round draft pick and a supplemental draft pick between the first and second round. A type "B" free agent nets his old team just a supplemental pick. Also, the first 15 picks in the draft are protected, so a team drafting in one of those slots that signs a type "A" free agent would give up their second round pick and so on.

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  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 4 hours 26 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 4 hours 59 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 5 hours 3 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 5 hours 15 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 5 hours 34 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 5 hours 56 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 8 hours 55 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 9 hours 8 min ago view
  • Eh, I read it as tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek. VEB seems to have good heads on their shoulders.

    Brick 10 hours 16 min ago view