Originally Posted by steelbtexan
I think compensatory picks go by rating Type A (Dunta) B,C
It may have to do with $$$ spent on FA
Was Rackers/ considered type A FA?
When does AdamJT 13's analysis come out and could you provid a link to his site where I can get this info?
is a link to his website, specifically to a page where he gives information about the details of how compensatory picks are awarded. Last year his predictions came out in early March, so I'd guess it will be similar this year.
Compensatory picks do go by rating (they're given a round rating from 3 to 7), and the rating is based on the value of their contract. But, the fundamental question is how many qualifying free agents leave vs. how many are signed. In our case, we lost 1 or 2, and we signed 2. If Pitts doesn't count, it doesn't matter whether Dunta's contract was for $100million and the two we signed barely qualified - we still wouldn't get a compensatory, since we did not have a net loss in number of FAs. Evidently, if you "break even" (which we did, in the best case), then if a person you lost was paid much more than the corresponding person signed (this might be the case - Dunta got a lot more than Wade Smith), then you might get a 7th round pick. This is our best case.
Rackers signed a contract worth about $2 million per year, which should be plenty high to qualify, and also played in all the games (maybe if he hadn't ever played, he would not have counted). So, he almost certainly counts as a qualifying free agent, probably at the 7th round level. Wade Smith's contract was worth about $3 million per year, so he should also qualify, probably at the 6th round level.
Dunta is likely a 3rd round level, and Pitts is probably a 7th round level, if he counts at all. So, basically, Pitts would cancel out Rackers, and Wade Smith would cancel out Dunta (if we had lost another player at a worse round, Smith would have cancelled him out, instead). Because there's a big difference between Dunta's and Smith's ratings, though, we might get a 7th.