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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:

A.J. Burnett
Orlando Cabrera
Juan Cruz
Brian Fuentes
Orlando Hudson
Raul Ibanez
Derek Lowe
Darren Oliver
Oliver Perez
Manny Ramirez
Francisco Rodriguez
C.C. Sabathia
Ben Sheets
Mark Teixeira
Jason Varitek

Type B Free Agents Offered Arbitration:

Casey Blake
Milton Bradley
Paul Byrd
Jon Garland
Mark Grudzielanek
Brandon Lyon
Dennys Reyes
Brian Shouse
David Weathers

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.

By Cameron Smith  |  December 2, 2008; 4:41 AM ET
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Sweet - Thanks, Cameron.

Posted by: BinM | December 2, 2008 8:11 AM | Report abuse

This certainly makes signing Dunn more attractive to any number of clubs, the Nationals included. He's simply not a good outfielder though. He has to be considerd as a 1B (or DH in the AL). His reputation for not trying very hard in the outfiled is exacerbated by his lack of range. Abreu is also renowned for lack of effort in the outfiled, but he actually has the range, just not the commitment. Looper and Moyer both have value.

Is it possible that Hudson accepts arbitration with the Diamondbacks?

Posted by: natbisquit | December 2, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I was a bit shocked that Oliver is a type A free agent. Thinking about it, relievers are a separate category and Oliver has been effective in the ways that the Angels have used him. Low ERA. A quick trip to baseball reference shows an '07-'08 record of 10 -2, 136 innings, 121 and 155 ERA+. Coming off a $2 million salary, his arbitration award will not break the bank. That, and I had him on my AL fantasy team.

Dennys Reyes is an interesting name among the type Bs.

I agree the O-Cab name is a bit of a surprise, but Furcal and Renteria have issues, and I'm not sure what else is out there for them beyond the subsequent Lillibridge deal. I thought they'd sign Hudson and move Ramirez to SS. Maybe if Cabrera takes the arbitration offer, then they keep him around with the hope that Lillibridge can take over 2d ahlf of the year or in 2010.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 2, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and if we could only play 5 outfielders, I'd bring in Bradley.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

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