There Will Be Type B Free Agents This Off-Season

Joel Sherman had a report yesterday that said Major League Baseball would be getting rid of Type B picks as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Sherman tweeted today that he made a mistake, and that there will be Type B free agents this off-season.  He added that some of the Type A free agents like Kelly Johnson, Matt Capps, and Octavio Dotel, who would be hurt by their Type A status, will drop down to Type B free agents this off-season.

That doesn’t really say whether the same system will be in place next year, but this is good news for the Pirates.  They’re in line to potentially get two compensation picks this off-season, and that is still in place.  It’s been reported that Ryan Doumit is expected to sign before the end of the month, and the Pirates will almost certainly offer arbitration to Derrek Lee, who they are trying to re-sign.  They would get picks between the first and second rounds of the 2012 draft for each player.

Tim Williams

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