Nov 30, 2010, 7:43 PM EST
Tonight is the deadline for potential free agents to either accept or decline arbitration offers. There won’t be many surprises, but we’ll keep tabs on the more shocking decisions.
According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, right-hander Grant Balfour has decided to decline the Rays’ offer of arbitration and will test the free agent market instead.
He’s a Type A free agent and will cost any team that signs him a first round draft pick, but Balfour is probably hoping that the stellar 2.28 ERA and 1.08 WHIP that he posted over 55.1 innings this past season will lead to a multi-year contract.
It’s not known if any clubs have expressed interest in the 32-year-old Balfour thus far.
Each of the seven players that were offered arbitration by the Rays have decided to decline.
- Robinson Cano agrees to $240 million deal with Mariners (260)
- Yankees agree to seven-year, $153M contract with free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (160)
- Report: Mariners willing to offer Robinson Cano a 10-year, $240 million deal (143)
- Report: Yankees have agreed to a three-year deal with Carlos Beltran (125)
- Brett Gardner is drawing “significant” trade interest (111)