Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 11/15/11

This morning Joel Sherman's been tweeting about how the potential CBA changes will affect Jose Reyes's Type A free agent status (they won't), but during the stream he's mentioned that the expectation is that the new CBA will do away with Type B free agents entirely. That would include Derrek Lee and Ryan Doumit, who the Pirates were likely hoping to get picks for, as well as Ryan Ludwick and Chris Snyder, who the Pirates were probably unlikely to offer arbitration to. 

Of course there's a lot of stuff going around about the CBA right now and we won't know much for sure until it's finalized. Tim Dierkes, for example, says that this is the first he's heard of Type B free agents being eliminated (not that Tim has inside information here, necessarily, but rather that it's likely that he's read a whole lot more about this than anyone else), so it's possible that some of the rumors we're hearing over the last few days won't come true. As a Pirate fan, I'm obviously more concerned about the draft changes, but narrowing down free agent compensation seems like something targeted at a team like the Rays, who've worked the system to their advantage (of course, the Red Sox have as well), and that's a little concerning to me.

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