Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Arbitration Day

Teams have until midnight tonight to offer their free agents arbitration. The arbitration eligible Yankees are Bobby Abreu, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Ivan Rodriguez, Carl Pavano, and Jason Giambi.

If the player accepts the team's offer, welcome back to the Yankees. If they reject the offer, the Yankees will get compensation picks in this year's amateur draft if the player signs with another team. The # of picks the team receives is based on if the player is a type A or type B free agent. If the team doesn't offer arbitration, then the player remains the free agent that he is.

This is kind of an interesting process. A lot of teams offer arbitration to guys they don't really want back, thinking that the player will sign somewhere else and they'll get the compensation picks. It's kind of like an educated gamble. There has been no official word as to who, if anyone, the Yankees will offer arbitration to. If I'm Brian Cashman, here's what I do:

  1. Bobby Abreu - offer arbitration. Bobby is looking for a multi-year deal and the Yanks don't really want to give him one. Odds are says he'll reject the offer, but if he comes back, he's not a bad guy to have. I wouldn't mind him being back in Pinstripes.
  2. Mike Mussina - offer arbitration. With Moose retiring a few weeks ago, there's no chance he accepts.
  3. Andy Pettitte- offer arbitration and hope he accepts. Yanks could use AP especially if CC, A.J., and Lowe go elsewhere
  4. Ivan Rodriguez - don't offer arbitration. The plan is for Posada to catch and he should be ready for Opening Day. Don't risk Pudge accepting and then being stuck with him and his high salary.
  5. Jason Giambi - don't offer arbitration. There really is no room for the Big G. A good OBP guy but the time has come to part ways.
  6. Carl Pavano - don't offer arbitration. Do I even have to say why?

The deadline to offer arbitration is a little less than 10 hours from now. We should know more about the Yankees plans sooner than later. Any players offered arbitration have until the 7th to accept. Offering to Mussina is a given. Anything after that is up in the air.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,



Anonymous said...

Just so you know, if they offered pudge arbitration and he accepted they are not bound to that contract. They can release him for a termination fee.

There is also nearly no chance that he accepts because he wants to start and he knows the Yanks have Posada.

They should go after the pick.