Apparently general managers everywhere are cowering in fear that their team’s free agents might accept arbitration. Here’s a partial list of people who have not been offered:
|Type A||Type B|
|Bobby Abreu||Moises Alou|
|Doug Brocail||Garrett Anderson|
|Patt Burrell||Joe Beimel|
|Adam Dunn||Alan Embree|
|Bob Howry||Luis Gonzalez|
|Jamie Moyer||Ken Griffey Jr|
|Andy Pettitte||Mark Grudzielanek|
|Edgar Renteria||Randy Johnson|
|Russ Springer||Jeff Kent|
|Kerry Wood||Paul Lo Duca|
Some of these make sense (Luis Gonzalez, Paul LoDuca) and some of these are really whacky (Adam Dunn). In fact, in a lot of ways most of the Type B choices make sense because a number of them are rather old and unlikely to get any kind of payday, or are just undesirable and would probably accept (Mark Loretta).
What this means is that this year everyone is shaking in their boots that unwanted players will accept arbitration. Some of this is founded and some of it makes no sense. Randy Wolf, Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreu, for example, were very unlikely to accept arbitration. So there must be something else other than financial concerns going on but we won’t ever know.