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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Zac Greinke is one of several free agents who will likely receive a qualifying offer.
Another change in the new collective bargaining agreement involves qualifying offers and changes in compensation.
Here is a look at the current rules governing qualifying offers:
-- Each team has five days from the end of the World Series (Nov. 2) to make qualifying offers to its own free agents.
-- Players then have seven days to accept or decline the qualifying offer.
-- Qualifying offers are based on the average value of the top 125 salaries in the 2012 season, approximately $13 million. The offer is for one year, and the qualifying offer is the same for each free agent who is offered the contract by their team.
-- The players who receive a qualifying offer can either accept or decline. If the offer is declined, once the player signs with a new team, the new team surrenders its top draft pick.
-- The new team who forfeits its first-round pick when a free agent is signed does not give that pick to the player's former team. The first round simply becomes condensed.
-- The team losing the free agent player will receive a compensatory pick at the end of the first round if it made a qualifying offer to its player.
-- If a team is holding a top-10 draft pick for 2013, it will not lose that selection. It would forfeit their next-highest draft pick if it signs a free agent who declined a qualifying offer from their former team.
-- For any player who did not receive a qualifying offer from their former team, they are free to sign with any team without compensation involved.
-- If a player was traded midseason, the team acquiring that player is not eligible for compensation.
Does that make sense?