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Today is the deadline for free agents to accept or reject arbitration

Nov 30, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

Adam Dunn swinging

Last week was the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents.  Today is the deadline for those so offered to accept or decline.  Some already have done so (guys like Trevor Hoffman) and others have already signed free agent deals, mooting the issue (Victor Martinez).  That leaves 12 type-A free agents and 11 type-B free agents who need to make up their minds before midnight.

The type As: Grant Balfour, Adrian Beltre, Carl Crawford, Scott Downs, Adam Dunn, Frank Francisco, Jason Frasor, Paul Konerko, Cliff Lee, Carl Pavano, Rafael Soriano and Jayson Werth.

The type-Bs: Randy Choate, Jesse Crain, Pedro Feliciano, Brad Hawpe, Aaron Heilman, Orlando Hudson, Adam LaRoche, Felipe Lopez, Miguel Olivo, J.J. Putz and Chad Qualls.

There is always a surprise or two — Rafael Soriano unexpectedly accepted the Braves’ offer of arbitration last year — but I can’t really see any of the type-As other than Frank Francisco, who has already indicated that he’ll accept, taking arbitration. Maybe some type-Bs do, but their doing so won’t fundamentally alter the market or anything.

If anything strange does happen, however — like, say, Adam Dunn accepting –  it will likely lead to fun trade speculation over the coming days, so let’s hope for the unexpected.

  1. BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    How can Crain not be an “A”? Who makes these determinations anyway?

    • billtpa - Nov 30, 2010 at 10:25 AM

      It’s based on the last two years, I think, and in 2009 Crain posted a 4.70 ERA. It’s obviously a flawed system, and I’d *really* like the Twins to get that extra pick, but that hardly seems like its biggest miss.

      Gotta love a system that says Frank Francisco = Adrian Beltre, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko, though.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

        It does not surprise me at all that Fox Sports is reporting that there is mutual interest between Crain and the Jays. He was born here.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    I’m thinking Feliciano declines, then Philly comes in and picks him up. Well, is it hoping? Probably….

    • BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 10:33 AM

      Understand your position, but hopefully the Mets just sign the dude for 2 or 3 years.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM

        Well we can both hope, But the Phills just let Romero go.. And their bullpen needed help with him.IMO, they’ll be all over a great lefty reliever like stink on John Kruk’s sack. And Feliciano has made the Phills look just about as stinky.. two birds, one stone. I know it probably pains you to see him go, but you’ll still have Ollie right??? ;)
        Anyway, it’s no more than hope for either of us at this point in the game.. Good luck dude.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 30, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    I would not be surprised if Type A free agent Jason Frasor accepts arbitration. Nobody would give up a first round draft pick in order to sign him. Among Type B free agents, Kevin Gregg has declined arbitration. He will not be missed greatly.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM

      Gregg is probably used to being booed out of town at this point in his career anyway… Ok, who’s the next sucker????

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