Free Agency: Type A Compensation Changes.

ATLANTA - FILE: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 9 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. It was announced that the St. Louis Cardinals and their first baseman Albert Pujols failed to reach a contract agreement by Pujols' self-declared deadline leaving open the chance he will become a free agent after this season February 16 2011. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

We all have heard the change coming for the past few weeks. Compensation for Free Agents who are in the top 20% of their position receive the label of "Type-A" while those are in the 20-40% receive the label "Type B". When a team loses a Type A free agent, they gain a top pick (unless protected by top half of draft) from the new team, plus compensation picks; Type B Free agents are only worth compensation.

FOX Sport's Ken Rosenthal tweeted today that the new rules will now officially take effect next winter. However, some Type A relievers still on the market will not carry Type A value anymore. This is a bit of good news/bad news for the Phillies as they will still receive compensation if Ryan Madson does leave, but they will still be surrendering a pick for signing Jonathan Papelbon.

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