Major League Baseball free agency officially began at midnight. Players who were eligible for free agency actually became free agents last week, but the exclusive negotiating window ended at 11:59 PM EST on Monday night. Free agents can now sign with any team they wish.

The Pirates have seven free agents -- A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, Clint Barmes, Jeff Karstens, Kyle Farnsworth, Justin Morneau, and John Buck. They have shown interest in bringing back Burnett, Byrd, and Barmes. They decided against making Burnett a qualifying offer, although he has said he's deciding between the Pirates and retiring.

Baseball free agency is slow. In other sports, players become free agents and they immediately sign at midnight. In baseball, it can take a few weeks for players to sign. Most of the acti...

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