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Varitek drops out of Type B status?

09.29.09 at 8:46 pm ET

According to Eddie Bajek of Detroit Tigers Thoughts and MLB Trade Rumors, who has thought to have reverse-engineered the Elias Rankings which determine classification for arbitration compensation, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has dropped out of ‘Type B’ status for catchers.

The demotion means that if the Red Sox did not pick up the catcher’s $5 million option, or if Varitek chose not to exercise his player option of $3 million, the Sox would receive no draft picks in return if another team signed the team’s captain. Varitek had been classified as a ‘Type A’ free agent after last season.

The formula to rank each player is a combination of two years of production, with each position being ranked separately.

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