One thing the Pittsburgh Pirates rarely see is draft pick compensation for their departing free agents.  For the most part, the Pirates never really have free agents that depart after the season.  They usually trade those players around the deadline for a guaranteed return, rather than holding on to the players in hopes of future draft picks, which is never a guarantee.  I've talked about the draft pick compensation system in the past, but here is a quick refresher:

-There are two types of ranked free agents, Type A and Type B.

-Type A free agents fetch two picks for their former team.  The first pick is awarded by Major League Baseball, in the sandwich round between the first and second rounds.  The second pick comes from the team that signed the player.  That pick is either a first...

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