Full Arbitration List Released ... With Breakdown
This has slipped out on a couple of blogs already, but wanted to make sure everyone could see it here, too. So, without further ado, here are free agents who were offered arbitration, broken down in Type A and Type B and, finally, a group of free agents who weren't offered arbitration in a fairly surprising turn. Remember, to sign a Type A free agent, you have to forfeit a draft pick (which then becomes a sandwich pick for that player's former team). The biggest name among the arbitration candidates? Probably Bobby Abreu, though Braden Looper, Kerry Wood and Pat Burrell are all a mild shock, if for no other reason than the draft picks their former teams would have received when they inked a deal elsewhere.
Type A Free Agents Offered Arbitration:
Type B Free Agents Offered Arbitration:
Prominent Free Agents Who Were Surprisingly Not Offered Arbitration:
-- Bobby Abreu (everyone thought the Yankees would risk one year of salary for two sandwich picks)
-- Pat Burrell (see Abreu analysis above)
-- Adam Dunn (D-backs could have received a greater return for their trade when he left)
-- Braden Looper (Shocker. Looper would have been cost-effective via arbitration for a mid-rotation starter)
-- Jamie Moyer (What, now Philadelphia doesn't want him back on a one-year deal? Or they think they can low ball him for less? Curious, to say the least)
-- Kerry Wood (This would have been all about the draft picks after the Kevin Gregg trade, but Chicago may have feared he would have accepted the offer. He likes Chicago that much.)
There you go. What do people think about the list? Not shocking that no Orioles or Nationals made the arbitration cut, as Marc offered up earlier. For my money, the most surprising Type A offered arbitration is Orlando Cabrera. If he fears the money just might not be there this winter, Cabrera seems like exactly the type of player who could turn right around and accept that offer from the suddenly cost-cutting White Sox. Close second? Darren Oliver, right? Did anyone else see that coming? Really? He's such a veteran that he's not exactly cheap for his marginal return.
December 2, 2008; 4:41 AM ET
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