35 Free Agents Offered Arbitration

35 free agents were offered arbitration this year, 12 more than last year.  If you're not sure what offering arbitration means, click here to read our free agent arbitration primer.

The following players were offered arbitration today, and now have until November 30th to decide whether to accept.  Type As who turn down arbitration cost a draft pick for a new team to sign; Type Bs do not.

Type A (14 players)

Grant Balfour
Adrian Beltre
Carl Crawford
Jorge De La Rosa
Scott Downs
Adam Dunn
Frank Francisco
Jason Frasor
Paul Konerko
Cliff Lee
Victor Martinez
Carl Pavano
Rafael Soriano
Jayson Werth

Type B (21 players)

Joaquin Benoit
John Buck
Randy Choate
Kevin Correia
Jesse Crain
Octavio Dotel
Pedro Feliciano
Jon Garland
Kevin Gregg
Brad Hawpe
Aaron Heilman
Trevor Hoffman
Orlando Hudson
Adam LaRoche
Felipe Lopez
Miguel Olivo
J.J. Putz
Chad Qualls
Yorvit Torrealba
Juan Uribe
Javier Vazquez

Regarding my predictions yesterday, I was correct on 46 of 62 players.  That's slightly worse than my success rate last year, though I did predict that we'd see more than 30 total arbitration offers this year.  I was particularly surprised by the decisions on Vazquez, Hoffman, Guerrier, Podsednik, Correia, Dotel, Hawpe, and Qualls.  Vazquez and Hoffman were offered only because of gentleman's agreements that they'd decline. 

We may be seeing more arbitration offers this year due to more value being placed on draft picks, especially with a strong 2011 class.  Additionally, teams may have been more inclined to offer based on the expectation that players will decline in hopes of getting in on the lavish contracts given out so far. 

All 65 of the arbitration decisions are noted in our Free Agent Arbitration Offer Tracker, which will also show who accepts on November 30th.  The decisions are noted in our constantly-updated 2011 free agents list as well.

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