What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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I was bumping around the Twins' blogosphere looking for info on Joe Benson, one of my favorite prospects, when I saw a post that said they were hoping to sign CJ as a FA this offseason. I don't know all the rules for signing FAs, but if you sign one of the top FAs (Class A?) then you forfeit your top draft pick, right?
If so, would that mean that Texas would get the Twins pick? Right now, it would be the #4 overall pick, and they are one loss from being tied with KC for the #3 overall pick.
Sorry Spanky, that won't happen. Min never spends money on FA's and it looks like they will be sellers this winter and will attempt to rebuild some. They are one of those promote from within orgs. They home grow and sign their guys (i.e. Joe Mauer). CJ will be a type A though and we can count on a NYY, BOS or LAA draft pick.
1) He signs with someone before December 2nd.
2) If the Rangers offer him arbitration and he declines.
Then we would get compensation. And at his current performance, he should be a Class A free agent., which means we'd get the signing teams 1st and a supplemental pick in the 1st or 2nd round.
Speaking of C.J., here is a neat article about him and his cryo-therapy. Maybe all the pitchers, heck players, should do this!
Also, Minnesota's #3 overall pick would never be in play. You only get the team's first round pick if it's in the back half. Otherwise, you get their second pick.
Not sure that's correct. It doesn't matter where their #1 pick is to my knowledge. but I could be wrong.
Hardly a day goes by without a mention of C.J.'s future. Is there any doubt he's the best FA pitcher available?
I guess Sabathia could go FA and might challenge CJ.
Sabathia could opt out. But will he really get more money if he does? A-Rod did, and his dumb-A lost money when he did. Sort of. This years FA class is weak, pitching wise. C.J. is the premiere pitcher in this class, provided C.C. doesn't opt out.
The top-15 (natural) picks are indeed protected. By natural I mean that if the team that "earned" the 15th pick actually picks 17th because 2 picks ahead of them were comp picks for unsigned players from the previous draft, then #17 is still protected.
However, CJ isn't signing for a non-contender. And he should be among the top 3 or 4 rated FAs, meaning 2 things. First, if the club that signs him also signs a 2nd Type A FA, we should still receive that team's 1st rounder (unless, say, the Yankees sign Pujols AND CJ, then we might wind up with their 2nd rounder). Second, the comp pick we get in the sandwich round should be in the mid-to-late 30s, as was the pick we got for Cliff Lee.
@ Scooby -
Caveat that with the fact that, depending on how many players declare themselves for free-agency, teams could be limited to how many Type A FA's they can sign.
If there are 14 or fewer Type A or Type B free agents available, no team can sign more than one type A or B player. If there are between 15-38, no team can sign more than two. If there are between 39 and 62, there's a limit of three. However, teams can sign as many Type A or B free agents as they've lost, regardless of the limits above.
I am glad tp have Treanor back. If you recall, he was C.J.'s preferred catcher.
"Hey you're right. I was wrong about the #1 pick being transferable no matter where it falls."
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