Under the rules of Major League Baseball's new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the old Type A and Type B designations were thrown out in favor of a new system of compensating teams for losing high quality free agents. Under the new system, players must be with their team for the entire previous season to qualify for compensation, and their teams have five days after the World Series to extend a one-year "qualifying offer" -- which is set by averaging the top 125 player salaries from the previous year. This year, the value of that offer is $13.3 million. Players then have seven days to decide whether to accept.
If the player declines that offer and signs elsewhere, his new team surrenders a first-round selection in the next season's First-Year Player Draft and his old team gets a compensatory pick sandwiched between the first and second round.
The Brewers were not expected to go down that path with either Marcum or Rodriguez. Marcum was excellent when healthy, but he missed two months in 2012 because of a right elbow injury. Rodriguez posted the highest ERA and lowest strikeout rate of his career, and this week was charged with domestic abuse in a suburban Milwaukee courtroom stemming from an alleged confrontation with his fiancée in September.