Jayson Stark is reporting on some of the expected details in the new CBA that is expected to be announced on Tuesday.
1) Minimum salaries will increase from $480,000 to $500,000.
2) Super Twos will remain. In fact, the percentage of eligible players will increase from 17% to over 20%.
3) The last date to tender contracts will move up 10 days to December 2.
4) Teams will have to determine whether they make a qualifying offer for a free agent at a one-year guaranteed salary based on a formula. That number is likely to be upwards of $12 million, making it highly doubtful teams would use it on players who aren't superstars. If the player rejects the offer and signs with another team, the signing team loses its spot in the first round of the amateur draft and moves to the end. Teams will no longer lose a pick for signing a premium free agent.
5) There will also be changes in the amount of money clubs will spend on drafted players, getting rid of the current slotting system and giving each team a pool of money to spend on its draft picks. There will be penalties for exceeding the threshold, which would range from 75-100 percent for each dollar over the line.
Points 4 and 5 are the ones likely to most affect the Pirates. There would be no significant disadvantage to signing a Type A, other than falling back in the 1st round. The draft money pool would definitely affect the Pirates, but the question will be what the threshholds are. Keep in mind that these points aren't official, but were passed from a well placed source to Jim Bowden.