There have been a lot of questions in the past few days about free agent compensation and offering arbitration to pending free agents.  The process isn't one we've had to cover in Pittsburgh for quite some time.  That's mostly because the Pirates haven't seen many ranked free agents in recent years.  Most of the candidates have been traded away prior to reaching free agency.  The last time the Pirates saw a compensation pick for a departing free agent was in 1993, when they had two compensation picks, taking Jermaine Allensworth and Charles Rice with the selections.

The common assumption is that when a player elects free agency, the team must try to bid on him against every other team.  That's true to an extent, although the team reserves the right to offer arbitration.  The arbitration...

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