Type A positive (and negative) 

November, 10, 2009
For years, the Elias Sports Bureau rankings that determined what kind of draft-pick compensation would be attached to free agents meant nothing to some teams. For many executives, a gained or lost pick meant little, so the rankings had little impact on the players involved.

But all that has changed, of course. Draft picks are coveted, and teams are shaping their business practices around gaining picks through losing free agents while ensuring they don't lose their own picks. So when the Elias rankings were released Monday, there was a mix of really good news and bad news for teams and players. Remember, to receive draft-pick compensation, a team must offer arbitration to a free agent.