Cubs Type A Free Agents
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.
||Resigned with Cubs
||Not offered arbitration, signed with Toronto Blue Jays|
||Resigned with Cubs
||Not Offered Arbitration, signed with San Francisco Giants
||Not Offered Arbitration, signed with Cleveland Indians
||Resigned with Cubs
||Signed from Washington Nationals, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(RHP Jordan Zimmerman) and Nationals awarded supplemental pick (LHP Josh Smoker).
||Not offered arbitration, signed with Pittsburgh Pirates
||Signed from Cleveland Indians, cost Cubs 2nd round pick (2b Joshua Rodriguez) and Indians awarded supplemental pick (LHP David Huff).|
||Signed from San Francisco Giants, cost Cubs 3rd round pick(LHP Clayton Tanner) and Giants awarded supplemental pick(SS Emmanuel Burriss).|
||Not offered arbitration, signed with San Francisco Giants.|
||Resigned with Cubs|
||Not Offered Arbitration, signed with St. Louis Cardinals|
||Not Offered Arbitration, signed with Cincinnati Reds|
||Not Offered Arbitration, signed with Pittsburgh Pirates but never pitched again in majors.
||Not Offered arbitration, signed with Houston Astros but never pitched again in majors.
||Resigned with Cubs.
||Signed from Minnesota Twins, cost Cubs 1st round pick (RHP Steven Waldrop) and Twins awarded supplemental pick (RHP Jay Rainville).
||Signed from Atlanta Braves, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(LHP Jo-Jo Reyes) and Braves awarded supplemental pick (C Jarrod Saltalamacchia).|
||2001||Signed by New York Mets, Cubs received 2nd round pick (1B Brian Dopirak) and a supplemental pick (LHP Luke Hagerty).
||Signed by New York Yankees, Cubs received 3rd round pick (3B Matt Craig) and a supplemental pick (RHP Chadd Blasko).
|Van Poppel, Todd
||Signed by Texas Rangers, Cubs received 4th round pick (LHP Rich Hill) and a supplemental pick (RHP Matt Clanton).
||Signed from Chicago White Sox, cost Cubs 2nd round pick (RHP Jeff Weaver - unsigned) and White Sox awarded supplemental pick (OF Brett Caradonna).|
||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).|
||Signed by Atlanta Braves, Cubs received 1st round pick (RHP Jon Ratliff) and a supplemental pick (3B Kevin Orie).
||Signed from Texas Rangers, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(3B Mike Bell) and Rangers awarded a supplemental pick(2B Edwin Diaz).|
||Signed from Los Angeles Dodgers, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(SS Dwain Bostic) and Dodgers awarded a supplemental pick(OF Michael Moore).|
||Signed from Toronto Blue Jays, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(RHP Trevor Mallory) and Blue Jays awarded a supplemental pick(RHP Jeff Ware).|
||Signed from Montreal Expos, cost Cubs 2nd round pick(RHP Nate Minchey) and Expos awarded a supplemental pick(OF Tyrone Kingswood).|
||Signed by Montreal Expos, Cubs received 1st round pick(SS Tony Woods) and awarded a supplemental pick(OF Stan Boderick).|
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.