TODAY SHOULD BE an interesting day in baseball, as it is the last day for teams to offer arbitration to their free-agent players. As of midnight, the Phillies might not have to worry about "Type A" and "Type B" designations on some of the players they are targeting.
A quick recap of the system: Free agents are divided into three categories based on a complicated system that rates them based on their performance over the last couple of seasons. The first is "Type A" free agents, who are supposed to be the best of the bunch. Any team that signs a Type A free agent has to send a draft pick, usually its first-rounder, to the player's former club. In addition, MLB gives the player's former club another draft pick in the supplemental round (between the first and the second). A team that loses a "Type B" free agent also receives a supplemental draft pick, but that pick comes from MLB, not from the team that signs the free agent.