Baseball America announced the list of the early minor league free agents on Saturday. The news of Drew Hutchison electing early free agency isn't really news. We announced in mid-September that he cleared waivers and was sent outright to Indianapolis. Since he already had over three years of Major League service time, that gave him the ability to elect minor league free agency early. The only reason not to elect early free agency is if the player plans on re-signing with their current team, and as we saw this year with Hutchison never getting a big league call, there is likely a better opportunity for him elsewhere.
Hutchison is the only player from the Pittsburgh Pirates on the list, but that list of early free agents has some former Pirates as well.
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