Quick Draft Order Tracker Update

A late-night 'what if': Derek Jeter vs. Cliff Lee
From the archives: When Bernie Williams nearly left New York

Just a quick heads up, I have added all of the Type-A and B free agents that were offered arbitration (with Elias scores) to our 2011 Draft Order Tracker. It’s also been updated to reflect the now finalized Victor Martinez, Joaquin Benoit, and John Buck signings as well. There’s a total of 14 Type-A’s and 21 Type-B’s, so the supplemental first round could theoretically be 35 picks long. That won’t happen though, some guys will re-sign with their old club, some will accept arbitration, some might should retire (coughTrevorHoffmancough).

I did the math, and the absolute worst that the Javy Vazquez compensation pick can be is 57th overall. More than likely, it’ll be right around 50 somewhere, which isn’t bad at all. That pick is protected, so the Yankees keep it no matter how many free agents they sign.

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A late-night 'what if': Derek Jeter vs. Cliff Lee
From the archives: When Bernie Williams nearly left New York
  • Bulldozer

    Good stuff. It was kind of cool of Javy to agree to not accept. For all his crappiness, I don’t remember any poor form in the media or animosity towards the fans from him.

    I hope he can regain some velocity and do well in the NL East again.

  • Reggie C.

    I guess the lowest gerrit cole could fall would be to the Dodgers at 16. After the surprising Zach Lee signing, it’d be crazy to think that the Dodgers would pass on the UCLA star.

    • Bulldozer

      Unless Gerrit Cole is injured or extremely crappy next year, he isn’t falling out of the top 5.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        I think nine is the limit. There’s enough quality alternatives to see him falling (especially as a Boras client) down to the Cubs at nine, but that’s probably it.

        • Bulldozer

          I think with the threat of a hard slot in 2012, there is no way he falls that low. He might fall to the Nats, but not farther than that.

  • Accent Shallow

    Trevor Hoffman: still can’t hold Mariano’s jock.

    /semi on topic

  • OldYanksFan

    How does MLB feel about these ‘handshake deals’ like Javy and the Yankees did? Doesn’t this go against the idea of Arb?

    • JAG

      Eh, not necessarily. As soon as they started doing draft-pick compensation for free agents declining arbitration, it lost a lot of its original meaning. It still kind of applies to the free agents like Lee, whom the Rangers would obviously love to have back, and I’m sure if it meant they’d definitely get him they would surely go to arb for him. But the non-elite free agents are usually let go by their teams as much because they don’t want the player as because the player is too expensive. Offering arbitration to ANY player with whom you’re not negotiating to bring back goes against the idea of Arbitration.

    • Ted Nelson

      You don’t even need a handshake deal… If the guy tells you he has multi-year offers for X and/or that he doesn’t want to come back, you start to get the idea that he’s going to decline arb.

  • Another Bronx Dynasty

    What a shame we drafted him in 20009 but couldn’t sign him!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Thank you Javy