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Dan Wheeler will decline the Red Sox’s arbitration offer

Dec 7, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that free agent reliever Dan Wheeler will decline the Red Sox’s arbitration offer by tonight’s deadline.

However, according to MacPherson the two sides will “maintain dialogue” while he’s on the open market.

Wheeler accepting arbitration would have locked the Red Sox into a one-year deal worth around $3.5 million, but apparently the 34-year-old right-hander thinks he can top that after throwing 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 39/8 K/BB ratio.

Wheeler struggles too much against left-handed hitters and gives up too many homers to be an ideal late-inning option, but prior to 2011 he posted a sub-3.50 ERA five times in six seasons.

UPDATE: Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe speculates that the two sides had a handshake agreement in place for Wheeler to decline arbitration–and basically give the Red Sox a free draft pick–which makes sense considering the trouble he may have topping $3.5 million or so elsewhere.

  1. sknut - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    “and basically give the Red Sox a free draft pick”-Isn’t this a loophole that should be closed, not sure you could ever prove it and I know its a sandwhich pick but teams at the top of the 2nd round will have a couple less better guys to pick from. Again I doubt MLB could do anything about but i am sure they aren’t thrilled when there are reports like this.

  2. bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    UPDATE: Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe speculates that the two sides had a handshake agreement in place for Wheeler to decline arbitration–and basically give the Red Sox a free draft pick–which makes sense considering the trouble he may have topping $3.5 million or so elsewhere.

    __
    Tampering.

    Then again, cheating is a way of life up there in New England.

    • bobwsc - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Lahoo-zaher.

      you gave yourself a thumbs up on that one pretty quickly.

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:34 PM

        You tracking my computer too now, bob? Keep following me around like the puppy that you are. I’ll throw you a table scrap now and again so that you don’t starve. Or maybe not.

  3. areyesrn - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    oh man…he needs to go back to Tampa…

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