Official Elias Rankings Out

Click the link to see the full list on MLBTR.

I’m not really concerned with the list as a whole, just two guys. Remember that while you might figure it’s worth giving up a draft pick to get a genuine cream-of-the-crop talent, you’re usually better off going after the best of the Type-B guys (that don’t require compensation from the signing team) than you are going after the worst of the Type-A’s.

For months now I’ve been trying to beat the drum to get Kelly Johnson signed to play second base, in large part because he was projected to wind up as (barely) a Type-B free agent. That, it turns out, was not the case. Johnson was one of only two players that MLBTR’s reverse-engineered rankings turned out to be wrong about. He isn’t a B, he’s an A and that throws everything off.

So who’s left of the B guys with real talent that could fill the Tigers infield holes? Looks like Aramis Ramirez is a Type-B, and though he’s not a player without flaws he’s loads better than Wilson Betemit as full-timer for Inge to back up. If we need somebody to play second, Aaron Hill will be a Type-B if Arizona doesn’t pick up his option.

Other Elias errata: as usual, the Type-A ranking may make it downright impossible for a couple of guys to find jobs if their clubs offer arbitration (and they decline it). Matt Capps was among the worst closers in baseball last year, but simply due to the math of the Elias formula he’s a Type-A. And somebody please tell me why Darren Oliver is worthy of the same compensation as Albert Pujols???

Topics: Aramis Ramirez, Elias Rankings, Kelly Johnson

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  • jgorosh

    Kelly Johnson being a type A really hurts our chances of getting him.

    • ChrisHannum

      Well, it doesn’t make it harder to get him – just makes it a lot less desirable.

      • MCBjohnverburg

        @ChrisHannum I know you are a fan, or at least it seems so? You willing to give up a first rounder for Kelly Johnson?

        • ChrisHannum

          @MCBjohnverburg If the choice is between Ramon Santiago and a first-rounder and Kelly Johnson and no first-rounder, I’d still go for Kelly Johnson. A prospect-for-prospect trade would probably make more sense, though, as an alternative to giving Rhymes his job back.

      • jgorosh

        @ChrisHannum I understand it doesn’t make it harder to get him. I mean that it makes it more difficult to justify giving up a first rounder for him. I wonder who will, honestly. He may have to accept arb and hope to bounce back next season.

  • garretkc

    Not only do you lose a first round draft pick by signing Kelly Johnson, but you have to listen to incessant whining from fans that naturally comes with a 26.6 strikeout percentage (only 0.5 better than Jackson).

  • sportz

    Aramis Ramirez Type B

    • MCBjohnverburg

      @sportz At a reasonalble salary, he is a good get.

    • ChrisHannum

      @sportz I don’t foresee a reasonable salary, unless you count 4 years $45 million as reasonable.