Today is the deadline for free agents to accept or reject the arbitration offers from their teams. While players like Carl Crawford and Rafael Soriano will certainly decline arbitration for the opportunity at multi-year deals with other teams, Grant Balfour is a bigger question.
As a Type A free agent, he would cost another team either a first- or second-round draft pick. That is a steep price for a middle reliever. As a result, there may not be many teams interested in signing Balfour, meaning his best option would be to accept arbitration and return to the Rays on a one-year deal.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays playoff share was $28K per person. 45 players, coaches and personnel received full-shares. [The Heater]
- Mets Blog sees both Gregg Zaun and Dioner Navarro as potential backup catchers for the Mets. [Mets Blog]