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 the 2012 draft for each player. The Pirates would have to offer each player arbitration by November 23rd. If the player accepts, they'd be a member of the 2012 team, and their salary would be deter...
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