The Pirates will likely tender an offer of arbitration to Derrek Lee today.
The new collective bargaining agreement will eliminate Type A and Type B free agents next year. Fortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the system is still in place this year, as they have four Type B free agents, with the potential to get a few first round compensation picks in the 2012 MLB draft.
In order to get a pick, the Pirates must offer arbitration to their ranked free agents by the end of the day today. If the player declines arbitration and signs elsewhere, the team gets a compensation pick for that player between the first and second rounds of the 2012 draft.
The Pirates already received one pick when Ryan Doumit signed with the Minnesota Twins last week. Doumit was a Type B free agent, and because he signed prior to today's deadline, he automatically gives the Pirates a pick. Likewise, the Pirates have secured picks for other teams by signing Type B free agents Rod Barajas and Clint Bar...
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