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Adapting the rules governing free agency might seem like sound policy, but it comes with considerable risk.

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The new CBA includes some changes to the way draft-pick compensation for departed free agents works. Joe Sheehan advised against altering the old system in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Today" column on February 17, 2009.

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