According to the latest rankingsÂ at MLBTR Carlos Delgado, Gary Sheffield, Brian Schneider and Fernando Tatis are all locks to be type B FA.
ThisÂ makes me thinkÂ 2 things.Â The damn system is broken and what is a compensation pick worth?
The arbitration process is confusing to many.Â You can read up on it here.Â Not only that but then throwing in how the Type A and Type B process works compounds the issue.Â You can read up on that here.Â Finally, the amount you can offer in arbitration is now in debate.Â Take a look at this from the rule book:
“If the Player accepts the offer to arbitrate, he shall be a signed player for the next season and the parties will conduct a salary arbitration proceeding under Article VI; provided, however, that the rules concerning maximum salary reduction set forth in Article VI shall be inapplicable and the parties shall be required to exchange figures on the last day established for the exchange of salary arbitration figures under Article VI”
Confused yet?Â OK so based on my understanding the 20% reduction rule only applies to players who are not eligible for FA or have never been a FA.Â Example, Maine would fall under the 20% rule but Delgado would not.
Next piece of confusing information.Â Arbitration contracts are NOT guaranteed until close to the start of the season.Â Thus if a player stinks inÂ spring trainingÂ then you would only owe him what he has earned in spring training.
So based on all of that.Â Would you risk offering arbitration to any of the 4 Horseman Donkey’s?