New Rules Wreaking Havoc on Free Agency

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If it seems you heard more than ever about Draft-pick compensation for free agents this winter, well, it might be because you did. New rules governing Major League Baseball free agency and the First-Year Player Draft resulted in a new set of dynamics as clubs weighed the costs of signing players.


Kyle Lohse, one of the top free agents on the market this winter, remains unsigned with Spring Training under way. Michael Bourn, one of the top hitters, agreed to a deal on Monday. It's not all that unusual for some big-name players to be unsigned after the new year begins, but mid-February is another matter. And it's worth noting that both Bourn and Lohse, as well as Rafael Soriano, who also waited quite a while to sign, have had Draft-pick compensation attached to them...

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