Free agency in Major League Baseball officially started on Sunday. Tonight at 12:01 AM players were able to negotiate with other teams for the first time. In leagues such as the NFL or the NHL you usually see a flurry of moves when free agency begins. That's not the case with baseball.
Despite the "official" launch to free agency taking place today, we probably won't see things really heat up until a month from now. There are several stops between now and then which really make the first few weeks of free agency go by slowly.
The first event comes on November 23rd. That's the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their departing free agents. This date is mostly a road block for Type A free agents, as teams have to give up a draft pick if they sign these players - but only ...
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