No. 3 West Virginia and No. 5 Louisville played one of the best college football games of the year last night, with the Cardinals prevailing in a 44-34 shootout. Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm passed for 357 yards and a touchdown, while his counterpart, Patrick White, accounted for 353 yards and four scores.
Both were selected in the 2004 baseball draft. White told the Angels he’d sign as a fourth-rounder, then changed his mind after the Mountaineers intensified their recruiting efforts. Brohm turned down the Rockies as a 49th-rounder, joining Seth Smith, Josh Sullivan and Michael Vick as quarterbacks drafted by Colorado this decade.
Brohm’s older brother Jeff is his quarterbacks coach. Jeff played seven seasons in the NFL’"as well as two years in the Indians system while he was starring at Louisville.
- When does the list of Type A, B and C free agents come out? Does the new labor agreement impact this year's crop, or do the changes not take effect until 2007? What about trading draft picks?
Chula Vista, Calif.
With so many free agents potentially leaving the Dodgers this year, how many extra picks could they get in 2007? What type of picks will they get for Kenny Lofton, Julio Lugo and Greg Maddux if they all leave?
The Elias Sports Bureau rankings, used to classify free agents as Type A (top 30 percent at their position), Type B (31-50 percent) or Type C (51-60 percent), came out this week. As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, starting in 2007, Type A will become the top 20 percent and Type B will become the 21-40 percent group, with Type C now meaningless.
While the classification modifications won’t take place until next year, the compensation for each group changes immediately. Type A free agents will yield the signing team’s first-round pick (provided it’s not in the upper half of the first round) and a supplemental first-rounder, the same as before. But Type B compensation goes from the signing team’s first-round pick (with the same upper-first-round protection) to a supplemental first-round choice, and Type C goes from a supplemental second-rounder to nothing. Teams still have to offer their free agents arbitration in order to receive compensation.
Below is a list of all possible free agents who could command compensation. Those marked with an asterisk have unresolved contract situations (options or opt-out clauses) or haven’t filed for free agency yet.
|Ari: Miguel Batista (B), Craig Counsell (B), Luis Gonzalez (A).|
|Atl: Danys Baez (A).|
|Bal: LaTroy Hawkins (B), Kevin Millar (A).|
|Bos: *Keith Foulke (B), Alex Gonzalez (B), Mark Loretta (A), Trot Nixon (B).|
|ChC: Juan Pierre (B), Aramis Ramirez (A).|
|CWS: *Dustin Hermanson (A), David Riske (A).|
|Cin: Rich Aurilia (A), Eddie Guardado (A), *Kent Mercker (B), Scott Schoeneweis (B), David Weathers (A).|
|Col: Jose Mesa (B).|
|Det: Sean Casey (A), Jamie Walker (B).|
|Fla: Joe Borowski (A).|
|Hou: *Craig Biggio (B), *Roger Clemens (A), Aubrey Huff (A), *Andy Pettitte (A), Russ Springer (A).|
|LAA: Adam Kennedy (B).|
|LAD: *J.D. Drew (A), Eric Gagne (A), Nomar Garciaparra (B), *Kenny Lofton (B), Julio Lugo (A), Greg Maddux (A).|
|Mil: Tony Graffanino (A), Rick Helling (B), Tomo Ohka (B).|
|NYM: Chad Bradford (A), Cliff Floyd (A), *Tom Glavine (A), Orlando Hernandez (B), Roberto Hernandez (A), Guillermo Mota (B), Darren Oliver (B), Jose Valentin (B).|
|NYY: *Mike Mussina (A), *Gary Sheffield (A), Ron Villone (B).|
|Oak: Jay Payton (B), Frank Thomas (B), Barry Zito (A).|
|Phi: *Jeff Conine (B), *David Dellucci (A), Aaron Fultz (A), Mike Lieberthal (A), Arthur Rhodes (B).|
|Pit: *Jeromy Burnitz (B).|
|StL: Ronnie Belliard (A), *Jim Edmonds (A), Jason Marquis (B), *Mark Mulder (B), Jeff Suppan (A), Jeff Weaver (B), *Preston Wilson (B).|
|SD: Alan Embree (B), Ryan Klesko (B), Chan Ho Park (B), *Mike Piazza (A), Dave Roberts (A), Rudy Seanez (A), Todd Walker (A), *David Wells (B), Woody Williams (A).|
|SF: Moises Alou (A), Barry Bonds (A), Ray Durham (A), Pedro Feliz (B), Shea Hillenbrand (B), Jason Schmidt (A), Mike Stanton (B).|
|Sea: Gil Meche (B).|
|Tex: Rod Barajas (B), Mark DeRosa (B), Carlos Lee (A), Gary Matthews Jr. (A), Vicente Padilla (B).|
|Tor: Frank Catalanotto (A), Ted Lilly (B), Bengie Molina (A), Justin Speier (A), Gregg Zaun (B).|
|Was: Jose Guillen (B), Ramon Ortiz (B), Alfonso Soriano (A).|
If the Dodgers offer arbitration to all their possible Type A and B free agents, they could wind up with four first-round picks and six supplemental first-rounders. That’s the fourth-greatest potential haul, behind only the Padres (five first-rounders, nine sandwich picks), Mets (four and eight) and Giants (four and seven).
As for the trading of draft picks, there’s no consensus among teams as to whether that would be a positive or a negative. Some think it would give smaller-revenue clubs the opportunity to do something more than just taking an affordable player when more talented and more expensive guys are on the board. But others believe deals would allow agents to manipulate the draft and drive the better players to the clubs with more money.
Trading draft picks shouldn’t be a hot-button issue for the union, but it won’t be brought to the bargaining table until the teams reach a united front on the issue.
- I know that with the new collective bargaining agreement, the draft-and-follow process has been eliminated. Does this mean the Red Sox will lose the rights to Brandon Belt, or can they still sign him?
With the new Aug. 15 drop-dead signing date, the draft-and-follow process will be no more. But because teams made their picks in 2006 with the DFE rule in place, they’ll be allowed to sign their junior college players and fifth-year seniors next spring after their college seasons end.
Now at San Jacinto (Texas) JC after reversing a previous commitment to Texas, Belt is a projectable 6-foot-5, 180-pound lefthander. Early last spring, he flashed an 88-93 mph fastball and a promising curveball, though he needs more strength to maintain that stuff. Boston drafted him in the 11th round.
In our annual Draft Report Cards, we rated Belt the third-best draft-and-follow target for 2007. Other prime DFEs are Grayson County (Texas) CC righthander Jordan Walden (Angels, 12th round), Broward (Fla.) CC righty Matt Latos (Padres, 11th), Riverside (Calif.) CC shortstop Nick Akins (Dodgers, 13th round) and CC of Southern Nevada righty Chad Robinson (Brewers, 12th).
- What are the signing bonus ranges for draft-and-follows who end up signing with the teams that drafted them?
The highest draft-and-follow bonus last spring was $500,000, paid by Angels to Grossmont (Calif.) JC righthander Sean O’Sullivan, their third-round pick in 2005. But if MLB hadn’t intervened, righty Pedro Beato would have received more.
The Mets’ 17th-round pick in 2005, Beato showed first-round talent at St. Petersburg (Calif.) JC during the spring. MLB, which took a heavier hand in making bonus recommendations for DFEs this year, told New York that it shouldn’t exceed $800,000. Beato turned down that offer, then got $1 million from the Orioles as the 31st overall choice in 2006.
The all-time record bonus for a draft-and-follow is $3.2 million, which Adam Loewen received as part of a $4.02 million big league contract in 2003. The fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft, Loewen spent the following spring at Chipola (Fla.) JC before turning pro.
At the other end of the spectrum, the lowest DFE bonus this spring was $2,000. That’s what the Braves gave Lake City (Fla.) CC lefty Derick Himpsl, their 50th-round pick from 2005.