Arbitration Offer Rumors

We'll round up the days arbitration offer-related rumors in this post, so refresh it often.  Our predictions can be found here.  Once the decisions actually start coming in tonight, there will be one post for each of the 26 teams that have ranked free agents.

  • ESPN's Jayson Stark believes neither Chan Ho Park (B) nor Scott Eyre (B) will get an offer from the Phillies, and that's backed up by GM Ruben Amaro Jr. (speaking to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki). 
  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Yankees "almost certainly will not offer arbitration" to Johnny Damon (A), Hideki Matsui (neither), and Andy Pettitte (B).  Sherman does not mention Xavier Nady (B), but we're guessing he won't get an offer.  Newsday's Ken Davidoff believes Pettitte will get an offer (the lefty didn't last year).
  • MLB.com's Adam McCalvy says the Brewers are "leaning against extending arbitration offers to any of their five compensation-eligible free agents, including Felipe Lopez."  GM Doug Melvin explained that the Brewers would have a logjam if Lopez (B) accepted.  Yesterday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said he expected the Brewers to offer arbitration to Lopez because the second baseman would probably turn it down.  The team's other Type B free agents: Braden Looper, David Weathers, Jason Kendall, and Mike Cameron.
  • Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Cardinals will offer arbitration to Matt Holliday (A) but not Troy Glaus (B).  Type Bs Mark DeRosa and Joel Pineiro are less certain, but DeRosa's agent assumes an offer is coming.
  • Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald says the Red Sox will offer arbitration to Type As Jason Bay and Billy Wagner.

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