Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 11/4/13
There was a little bit of surprise when the 5 PM deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their pending free agents came and went this evening without the Pirates making an offer to AJ Burnett, so before going into the mechanics of the Pirates' decision here and what they might mean, I figured a quick refresher course on the "qualified offer" system is probably in line, especially since it's only in its second year and this is the first time the Pirates have been in position to take part in this process. When the new CBA was ratified, the old A/B free agent ranking and compensation system was scrapped. The way the old system, that people are mostly still familiar with, worked was that if a team had a Type A or Type B free agent, they had the option to offer arbitration to that player. The player could either accept arbitration, at which point the two sides would try to work out a deal before arbitration in the spring, or they could reject and hit the free agent market, wi...
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