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Injured Pirates Catchers Still Have Value

Injured Pirates Catchers Still Have Value

MLB Trade Rumors updated their Elias Rankings projections today, giving an estimate as to which players will qualify for draft pick compensation in the off-season.  The rankings aren't official, although they've been very close in the past.  They also come with the obvious disclaimer that a lot can change in the final three months of the season.

Snyder is currently projected as a Type A free agent.

A big surprise on the list was the ranking of the two Pirates' catchers, Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit, who are both on the disabled list.  Snyder ended up as the last Type A free agent, edging out John Buck, while Ryan Doumit was easily a Type B free agent.  Going with the disclaimers above, nothing is official, especially since there's half a season, both catchers are on the DL, and the Elias Rankings factor in playing time.  However, it seems like a safe bet that each catcher would end up a Type B free agent, making them each eligible for a compensation pick at the end of the first r...

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