Elias’ player rankings are out.
This means we now know what our respective teams can receive if they fail to sign their free agents.
For the Red Sox, Mike Lowell and Curt Schilling each would net two draft picks — the first rounder of the signing team, plus a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds. Mike Timlin, Eric Gagne and Tim Wakefield would be worth one sandwich pick each.
For the Yankees, Andy Pettitte, Bobby Abreu, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and, of course, Alex Rodriguez would be worth two picks each. Luis Vizcaino would be worth a sandwich pick.
This assumes the teams wouldn’t pick up whatever options they have (Abreu, Wakefield) or vice versa (Pettitte). We all know how much these teams prize the draft. The Red Sox in 2005 drafted Jacoby Ellsbury, Craig Hansen, Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie with the glut of picks they received in return for letting Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe walk, for example. It wouldn’t be surprising for the Sox to decide the draft picks they’d get for Schilling to be more valuable than the year they’d get from re-signing him. Similarly the Yankees with Bobby Abreu.
Also of note is the bizarre and unclear way in which Elias computes the player rankings — put on a 100-point scale that measures performance over the last two seasons. After the jump are the top 10 scores in the American League.
- David Ortiz 100.0
- J.J. Putz 96.041
- Vladimir Guerrero 95.063
- Johan Santana 95.040
- Magglio Ordonez 94.937
- C.C. Sabathia 93.452
- Justin Morneau 92.222
- Roy Halladay 91.567
- Joe Nathan 91.552
- Jorge Posada 90.756
Alex Rodriguez is sixth among all second- and third-basemen and shortstops, behind Young, Tejada, Cano, Jeter and Lowell. Say whaaaa?