Varitek, Wheeler classified as Type B free agents

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Varitek, Wheeler classified as Type B free agents

Jason Varitek has officially been classified as a Type B free agent by the Elias Sports Bureau, according to MLB Trade Rumors. If he signs with another team after being offered salary arbitration, the Red Sox will be entitled to one pick in the compensatory sandwich round of the 2012 draft.

The Red Sox also announced that they declined their team options on Type B free agent Dan Wheeler and unclassified Scott Atchison.

As expected, David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon are both Type A free agents, and would each yield Boston two draft picks (a sandwich pick and the first- or second-round pick from the signing team) if they were to sign elsewhere after declining arbitration.

All of the Red Sox' other free agents are unclassified.

Atchison remains on the team's 40-man roster because he lacked the sufficient service time in 2011 to be eligible for arbitration.

After each regular season, Elias ranks every player based on his performance over a two year period (i.e. 201011). Free agents are labeled A, B, or unclassified to determine compensation for the team away from which they could be signed.

In the 2011 draft, the Red Sox received four picks for departed Type A free agents Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre, but forfeited their own first round pick to Tampa Bay to sign Type A free agent Carl Crawford.

If the Red Sox offer arbitration to Varitek, Wheeler, Ortiz, and Papelbon, and all of them sign major league deals with different teams, Boston will receive six additional picks in the first two rounds of the 2012 draft.

Did Matt Barnes deserve 4 games for throwing at Manny Machado?

Did Matt Barnes deserve 4 games for throwing at Manny Machado?

Bob Ryan and Lou Merloni react to Matt Barnes being handed a 4-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado, and whether he deserved it.

Matt Barnes gets 4-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado

Matt Barnes gets 4-game suspension for throwing at Manny Machado

MLB has suspended and fined Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes for throwing at the head of Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Barnes' suspension will last four games. His fine is an undisclosed amount.

Barnes has elected to appeal, and so his suspension will be postponed until the appeal process has finished.

Barnes' throw at Machado appeared to be a response to the Orioles third baseman's decision to slide cleats up into Pedroia, who left the game and has missed the two games that followed. He's still day-to-day. However, Pedroia vocally disapproved of Barnes' decision.