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Dodgers decline to offer arbitration to Wolf, Hudson

Dec 1, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

Either they’re having big money problems or they’re being run by idiots.
The Dodgers on Tuesday announced that neither Randy Wolf nor Orlando Hudson would receive an arbitration offer.
The same went for Type B free agents Vicente Padilla, Jon Garland, Ronnie Belliard, Guillermo Mota and Will Ohman, though there were no big surprises there.
Both Wolf and Hudson are Type A free agents, so the Dodgers had the opportunity to pick up two draft picks for each.
The news means the Dodgers won’t get any extra draft picks in a year in which they’d lose their top pick if they sign any big free agents.
But that the Dodgers were unwilling to risk Wolf accepting a one-year deal suggests that they won’t be paying the price for any Type A free agents. There was hardly a chance that Wolf would have accepted the offer, but the money situation might be so dire that the team didn’t want to pay signing bonuses to draft picks next summer.
Wolf and Hudson suddenly become a lot more attractive with the news. Wolf and John Lackey were supposed to be the only free agent starters set to require compensation this winter. Now that the signing team is off the hook, Wolf could suddenly be even more attractive to the Mariners, Brewers and the like.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Dec 1, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    “Either they’re having big money problems or they’re being run by idiots.”
    You forgot “both of the above”.

  2. Justin - Dec 1, 2009 at 11:48 PM

    As boneheaded as Colletti can be sometimes, there’s no way he could have messed that up. This is all about money.

  3. jonny5 - Dec 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Maybe we can get him back here in Philly. The Wolf Pack misses you Randy!!!

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