During the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, Major League Baseball made some big changes to the draft pick compensation system. Under the old rules, teams qualified for draft pick compensation if they offered arbitration to any pending free agent. They could make this offer even if the player was acquired after the season, in the days before he became eligible for free agency.

The result was that people abused the system. Contenders could trade for players, knowing that they would just be getting a compensation pick at the end of the year when that player walked as a free agent. Then you had teams who were trading for players in September, and then after the season, for the sole purpose of offering them arbitration to get extra draft picks.

Thus, MLB changed the rules. Under the ...

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