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07:26 AM ET 11.05 | Because these are good days to be a free agent in baseball, there may well be no true losers among the newly free players, but there are clear winners in Bronson Arroyo, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Joe Nathan and Bartolo Colon. Now, the teams: Yankees, Red Sox: The rich get richer. Both the Yankees and Red Sox made qualifying offers to three players -- the Yankees to Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson, the Red Sox to Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew. Both clubs possess large enough payrolls to absorb one-year, $14.1 million hits. ... The Red Sox, meanwhile, could hit the compensatory-pick jackpot. They are almost certain to get one for Ellsbury, and it's not of the question that they could get two more for Drew and Napoli. Not quite how the system is supposed to work.

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November 5, 2013  07:39 AM ET

"Not quite how the system is suppose to work"...... really interns..... it's exactly the way the system is suppose to work..... you make an QA - you get at least a compensatory "PROSPECT". There's no guarantees here...... jeesh........

November 5, 2013  07:56 AM ET

I say Napoli is very likely to stay while Drew and Ells will probably leave, but I think the Bosox will at least make a strong play for Jacoby. You know Ben is going to love those picks.

November 5, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Lets just make this the ToTD..... shall we? Don't waste comment count on the other garbage..... this trash is good enough.... ;-)

November 5, 2013  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lets just make this the ToTD..... shall we? Don't waste comment count on the other garbage..... this trash is good enough.... ;-)

I concur...weird that they have two that reference the Bosox' qualifying offer choices in one day.
I wonder how much of a market there will be for Grandy...his BA has been plummeting and he missed a lot of time last season, but he still has power and his injuries last season were really just bad luck (broken bones from HBPs).

November 5, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I concur...weird that they have two that reference the Bosox' qualifying offer choices in one day.I wonder how much of a market there will be for Grandy...his BA has been plummeting and he missed a lot of time last season, but he still has power and his injuries last season were really just bad luck (broken bones from HBPs).

The injuries by HBP are the important part. What was the original injury though, before the season started?

November 5, 2013  08:19 AM ET
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The injuries by HBP are the important part. What was the original injury though, before the season started?

A-Roid hurt his mangina.

November 5, 2013  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The injuries by HBP are the important part. What was the original injury though, before the season started?

I thought he was HBP in spring training!

November 5, 2013  08:21 AM ET

I looked it up, he was hit by JA Happ in spring training and Cesar Ramos in the season.
I almost typed Cesar Romero, the one and only Joker!!!

November 5, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

A-Roid hurt his mangina.

ARoid was also calling him nasty racial things via text and forcing Curtis to pay for his surgical transformation into a centaur.

November 5, 2013  08:28 AM ET

I see. So the rules should only apply to teams with small payrolls? The larger market teams should just pass on the compensatory picks? IMO, the system is working as it was designed.

November 5, 2013  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The injuries by HBP are the important part. What was the original injury though, before the season started?

The 1st injury was a broken arm from a HBP, the second was a broken finger from being HBP. He only played in 8 games when he came back from the broken arm.

November 5, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

....know Ben is going to love those picks.

I am confused. Do you not still lose picks when you sign free agents? It becomes a wash then. The Red Sox will need to sign free agents, as will other teams.

November 5, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I see. So the rules should only apply to teams with small payrolls? The larger market teams should just pass on the compensatory picks? IMO, the system is working as it was designed.

Yes it is. And the big market teams have been subsidizing the small market with big bucks for years.

November 5, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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I am confused. Do you not still lose picks when you sign free agents? It becomes a wash then. The Red Sox will need to sign free agents, as will other teams.

The Bosox have potential in house replacements for Drew and Ells in Bogaerts and Bradley Jr., and I suspect they'll sign Napoli. I don't believe they would lose picks if they signed guys who didn't get QOs.
If Drew does stay, Middlebrooks is probably the odd man out...maybe Xander would play SS against lefties then so the Bosox would get the platoon advantage with Will instead of Drew.

November 5, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The 1st injury was a broken arm from a HBP, the second was a broken finger from being HBP. He only played in 8 games when he came back from the broken arm.

Thanks Indrid and Sith.... then I have no qualms with going after him if you have an OF need. The wheels are still good - go for it.

November 5, 2013  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I see. So the rules should only apply to teams with small payrolls? The larger market teams should just pass on the compensatory picks? IMO, the system is working as it was designed.

That's how we got Wacha for StL. Compensatory pick for AP........ YES- all teams have a right to compensation when they make QA's for FA's...... this intern is being imbecilic.........

November 5, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Note: Any team that signs Brian McCann forfeits their first round pick, with the exception of the 11 teams that have that pick protected. The Red Sox are not one of those 11 teams.

The point: The article is way ahead of itself to assume the rich get richer because of the system.

November 5, 2013  08:53 AM ET

I've decided that I want the Cardinals to stay away from Ellsbury because his home/away spits imply his offense is a product of Fenway.

November 5, 2013  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The Bosox have potential in house replacements for Drew and Ells in Bogaerts and Bradley Jr., and I suspect they'll sign Napoli. I don't believe they would lose picks if they signed guys who didn't get QOs.If Drew does stay, Middlebrooks is probably the odd man out...maybe Xander would play SS against lefties then so the Bosox would get the platoon advantage with Will instead of Drew.

OK, but I think they make a serious run at McCann. He is the one. And short term Arroyo is a great pick for some team and the Red Sox have to have concerns about Starting pitching depth next year.

 
November 5, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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I've decided that I want the Cardinals to stay away from Ellsbury because his home/away spits imply his offense is a product of Fenway.

Ellsbury's value has gone down year by year by year. I do not think he will see the money some think. And durability is always a question.

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