News and Rumors

Derrek Lee, Ryan Ludwick Become Free Agents

Derrek Lee, Ryan Ludwick Become Free Agents

Free agency began at 12:01 AM EST today, and 148 players have filed for free agency, including two members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Those members are Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick, the only two eligible players from the Pirates' roster.  Neither move is a surprise, as it is standard procedure for a free agent to file on this date.

The Pirates have five days to exclusively negotiate with Lee and Ludwick.  At 12:01 AM on Thursday they can start negotiating with other teams.  They can have discussions with other teams between now and then, although no monetary figures can be exchanged.  The Pirates are interested in bringing Lee back, although the interest in him returning might not be mutual.

Both players qualify as Type B free agents, which means the Pirates could get a draft pick in...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a 40% discount on the 2017 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

News and Rumors

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

More in News and Rumors

Pittsburgh Pirates Announce Their 2017 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

John DrekerFebruary 17, 2017

Tony Watson Loses Arbitration Case to Pirates

John DrekerFebruary 16, 2017

Pirates Notebook: Injury Updates, Josh Bell’s Defense, Remaining Free Agents

Tim WilliamsFebruary 15, 2017

Pirates Release a Statement on Jung Ho Kang’s Trial

Tim WilliamsFebruary 14, 2017

Ivan Nova Prioritized Playing in Pittsburgh Over Signing For More Money

Tim WilliamsFebruary 13, 2017

Francisco Cervelli Named Seventh Best Catcher

John DrekerFebruary 12, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects