Cubs Type A Free Agents

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A list of players that were signed by the Cubs or played for the Cubs to be classified as "Type A" free agents over the years. A "Type A" free agent is considered in the top 20 percent at their position using a statistical formula created by the Elias Sports Bureau. Using the last two season's worth of stats, each player is categorized in one of five positions: starting pitching, relief pitching, catchers, 1B/DH/OF, and SS/2B/3B. Under the current collective bargaining agreement, a "Type A" free agent nets the team losing the player a first round pick and a supplemental pick between the first and second round. It's important to note that the team MUST offer the free agent arbitration to get the draft picks. Teams with a pick in the top half of the draft though are protected and would lose their second round pick instead. Also, if a team signs more than one "Type A" free agent, they would give up their draft picks in subsequent rounds with the teams losing the higher ranked free agent getting the higher pick. Check out the "Type B" free agents as well.

This is a work in progress, the classifications before 2003 need to be verified.

Name
Year
Result
Grabow, John
2009
Resigned with Cubs
Gregg, Kevin
2009
Not offered arbitration, signed with Toronto Blue Jays
Dempster, Ryan
2008
Resigned with Cubs
Howry, Bob
2008
Not Offered Arbitration, signed with San Francisco Giants
Wood, Kerry
2008
Not Offered Arbitration, signed with Cleveland Indians
Ramirez, Aramis
2006
Resigned with Cubs
Soriano, Alfonso
2006
Signed from Washington Nationals, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(RHP Jordan Zimmerman) and Nationals awarded supplemental pick (LHP Josh Smoker).
Burnitz, Jeromy
2005
Not offered arbitration, signed with Pittsburgh Pirates
Howry, Bob
2005
Signed from Cleveland Indians, cost Cubs 2nd round pick (2b Joshua Rodriguez) and Indians awarded supplemental pick (LHP David Huff).
Eyre, Scott
2005
Signed from San Francisco Giants, cost Cubs 3rd round pick(LHP Clayton Tanner) and Giants awarded supplemental pick(SS Emmanuel Burriss).
Alou, Moises
2004
Not offered arbitration, signed with San Francisco Giants.
Garciaparra, Nomar
2004
Resigned with Cubs
Grudzielanek, Mark
2004
Not Offered Arbitration, signed with St. Louis Cardinals
Mercker, Kent
2004
Not Offered Arbitration, signed with Cincinnati Reds
Guthrie, Mark
2003
Not Offered Arbitration, signed with Pittsburgh Pirates but never pitched again in majors.
Veres, Dave
2003
Not Offered arbitration, signed with Houston Astros but never pitched again in majors.
Grudzielanek, Mark
2003
Resigned with Cubs.
Hawkins, LaTroy
2003
Signed from Minnesota Twins, cost Cubs 1st round pick (RHP Steven Waldrop) and Twins awarded supplemental pick (RHP Jay Rainville).
Remlinger, Mike
2002
Signed from Atlanta Braves, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(LHP Jo-Jo Reyes) and Braves awarded supplemental pick (C Jarrod Saltalamacchia).
Weather, Dave
2001 Signed by New York Mets, Cubs received 2nd round pick (1B Brian Dopirak) and a supplemental pick (LHP Luke Hagerty).
White, Rondell
2001
Signed by New York Yankees, Cubs received 3rd round pick (3B Matt Craig) and a supplemental pick (RHP Chadd Blasko).
Van Poppel, Todd
2001
Signed by Texas Rangers, Cubs received 4th round pick (LHP Rich Hill) and a supplemental pick (RHP Matt Clanton).
Tapani, Kevin
1996
Signed from Chicago White Sox, cost Cubs 2nd round pick (RHP Jeff Weaver - unsigned) and White Sox awarded supplemental pick (OF Brett Caradonna).
Rojas, Mel
1996
Signed from Montreal Expos, Expos awarded three supplemental picks used on RHP Chris Stowe (37th overall), RHP Bryan Hebson (44th overall)and RHP T.J. Tucker(47th overall).
Maddux, Greg
1992
Signed by Atlanta Braves, Cubs received 1st round pick (RHP Jon Ratliff) and a supplemental pick (3B Kevin Orie).
Guzman, Jose
1992
Signed from Texas Rangers, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(3B Mike Bell) and Rangers awarded a supplemental pick(2B Edwin Diaz).
Morgan, Mike
1991
Signed from Los Angeles Dodgers, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(SS Dwain Bostic) and Dodgers awarded a supplemental pick(OF Michael Moore).
Bell, George
1991
Signed from Toronto Blue Jays, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(RHP Trevor Mallory) and Blue Jays awarded a supplemental pick(RHP Jeff Ware).
Dawson, Andre
1987
Signed from Montreal Expos, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(RHP Nate Minchey) and Expos awarded a supplemental pick(OF Tyrone Kingswood).
Blackwell, Tim
1981
Signed by Montreal Expos, Cubs received 1st round pick(SS Tony Woods) and awarded a supplemental pick(OF Stan Boderick).

[edit] Notes

Cubs signed "Type A" free agent Alfonso Soriano, but since their pick in 2007 was in the top half (3rd overall), they gave up their second round pick. The Nationals also were awarded a supplemental pick between the first and second round. The Nationals selected LHP Josh Smoker with the supplemental pick and RHP Jordan Zimmerman with the second round pick.

Bob Howry; The Cubs first round pick was protected (13th overall) but they gave up their second round pick and the Cleveland Indians were given a supplemental first round pick for this signing. The Indians selected LHP David Huff with the supplemental pick and 2B Joshua Rodriguez with the second round pick.

Scott Eyre; Eyre was rated lower than Howry, so the San Francisco Giants received the Cubs third round pick and a supplemental pick. The Giants selected SS Emmanuel Burriss with the supplemental pick and LHP Clayton Tanner with the third round pick.

Cubs signed "Type A" free agent LaTroy Hawkins giving up their first round pick (25th overall) and awarding the Twins a supplemental pick between the first and second round. The Twins selected RHP Steven Waldrop with the first round pick and RHP Jay Rainville with the supplemental pick.

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