American League Free Agent Arbitration Offers

10 American League teams have free agent arbitration offer decisions to make, and we'll group them in this post.  For a fantastic customizable chart with all 65 Type A/B free agents and their decisions in real-time, click here.


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comish4lif
4 years 9 months ago

Curious, if you are the Yankees, what’s the downside to offering him Arb? At worst, he gets a 1 year deal and it’s a shade overpriced. But can you really say overpriced and Yankees as if it’s going to hurt them?

4 years 9 months ago

The only thing I can think of is maybe this is Cash’s way of sending a message to Jeter that he’s confident they will sign a multiyear deal?

4 years 9 months ago

In most situations it would make sense, but my guess is that Jeter would see it as a slap in the face, and a multi-year deal would be out-of-the-question.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

They are probably worried that Jeter will take the huge pay day for 1 season and then they have to go through all this drama again next year.

It would probably make sense for Jeter to accept. Barring an injury he is going to get paid no matter what. If he takes the 1 year deal he could have a bounce back season and then force the Yankees to give him an even bigger contract.

corkyciv
4 years 9 months ago

1 year deal in Boston. I’d die…..

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

What if Jeter signed with the Mets?

4 years 9 months ago

that’s a pretty big if, man.

jimboslice9
4 years 9 months ago

Looks like a 12 point font to me.

On a more serious note: It’s an even bigger if, but I’ll say it, What if he signed with Boston?

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

really you would want jeter on the mets when they have jose? uless jeter moves to second(clearly from this drama his ego is too big for that, heck he would not move to 3rd when arod came to town, arod who at the time was the much much much much better SS)

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Aren’t all 3 of the tiger’s arbitration cases Boras clients? I thought he didn’t accept arbitration. Also, I’m surprised they didn’t offer Laird arbitration at least. He’s looking for a full time role and the tigers only have a part time catching role open with their development of Avila.

JohnPaulP
4 years 9 months ago

Never say never. The Rangers declined their half of a $9mm option on Guerrero who is a year younger than Ordonez and played a full season last year. Considering most 35+ year old DH types don’t get more than one year deals possibly with an option year, and Ordonez would force a team to give up a draft pick, it seems amazingly unlikely he could do better than what he could get in arbitration, considering his salary last year was something like 17.5mm. Boras may be cocky, but even he would accept that, and that would leave the Tigers in a bad situation.

4 years 9 months ago

Laird will be looking for a very long time finding a full time role in the majors.

Seligs_Boi
4 years 9 months ago

But Laird can drink with the best of them. Selig approves.

Exposfan
4 years 9 months ago

Should the A’s go for Magglio? Seems it’ll be a good fit, even a better one instead of a ManRam..

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

No.

The A’s owe Iwakuma $126 MM.

There won’t be enough money for Magglio, unless he wants to sit out for a year.

4 years 9 months ago

What? The A’s don’t owe Iwakuma anything.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

i think you got your units confused. The A’s might owe Iwakuma 126yen, which is about a $1.50 for the soda Billy Beane bought for Hisashi during negotiations.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

i think you got your units confused. The A’s might owe Iwakuma 126yen, which is about a $1.50 for the soda Billy Beane bought for Hisashi during negotiations.

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

you are assuming last seasons manny was what he really is and not an injury fluke like boras is making it out to be…if so yes he is better but if last season was bad because of all his injuries then no manny is still better

4 years 9 months ago

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Kei_Igawa
4 years 9 months ago

I think most people will strongly disagree with this sentiment but I’m gonna throw it out there.

The Yankees don’t need to resign Derek Jeter. They have a very capable replacement in Nunez, and wouldn’t be sacrificing much, if any offense at this point. Not to mention that it saves them 15-20 million in 2011.

The Yankees need simply to appear to be interested in Jeter for PR purposes. If they offer him something like 3/45 and he doesn’t accept it, do you think fans will blame ownership or the player? If he decides to be incredibly greedy and doesn’t accept that offer than the Yankees come out on top, as they save all that money and don’t face any backlash.

Ultimately I think Jeter will sign for something like 3/45 as I don’t think he would risk tarnishing his legacy. That and he wouldn’t receive more than 2/15 on the open market.

4 years 9 months ago

Unfortunately, I do think there still would be a backlash from fans. There are a worryingly large number of people who think DJ should just get to write his own check (years and dollars).

4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think it matters what the Yankees offer, if they don’t resign Jeter they’ll get the blame. Jeter is a demigod in Yankee land, it doesn’t matter what he does, he will always be in the right and management will be in the wrong. I agree that 3/45 is a good and fair offer, I’m also surprised by the negotiating tactics thus far though, Jeter appears to have an ego. I wouldn’t be surprised at this point to see negotiations drag on for awhile. I thought it would end quickly and happily butit doesn’t appear that it will. We’ve never really seen Jeter in negotiations before, maybe we’re learning something new about him.

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

All of that will be forgotten the first week of April when A-Rod resumes his rightful place as short stop of the Yankees – a position Jeter should have moved off of the moment A-Rod arrived in NY.

In a sensible world, Jeter would have been made into a center fielder back in 2004.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

With Arods hip do you honestly still see him playing SS??

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

I’m sure A-Rod’s hip will be fine. It takes a full year to recover from a lot of surgeries/injuries and we are going into 2011 – Besides, Jeter only ever made plays deep in the hole and never up the middle, which would imply he was playing with one hip too.

PookieGonzales
4 years 9 months ago

Dude he wasnt great a third base last year! He would be terrible at SS. Like TERRIBLE!

jwredsox
4 years 9 months ago

The day ARod plays SS again is the day David Ortiz is the Red Sox’s starting 2B

safari_punch
4 years 9 months ago

Are you implying that A-Rod is incapable of playing SS? I don’t see the Ortiz comparisons. If there were no DH in the AL, Ortiz would be a career pinch hitter/spot 1B.

A-Rod was a better fielding SS than Jeter ever was. True, he hasn’t played the position in years, but I’m sure he would at least be adequate given his offensive production.

jwredsox
4 years 9 months ago

A-Rod was a better fielding SS when he was younger, skinnier, and more athletic then he was now. SS is the hardest position to stick at in the majors because of the athleticism you need for it. Arod is too big and slow for SS right now, I’d be 100% shocked if the Yankees even considered him in a list of the top 5 players in their organization who could play SS in the event of an injury. Arod at SS would be way way way worse then Jeter at SS.

Slopeboy
4 years 9 months ago

What you say makes absolute sense, except you’re missing the big picture. You are totally correct in that the Yankees will not miss Jeter in the field with Nunez replacing him at short.But this whole issue with Jeter is about the post playing era, The Yankees cannot afford to be made to look cheap, stubborn or unappreaciative with Jeter. He is going to be the Yankees image for the future. The Yankees cannot just appear to look interested for PR purposes nor can they make Jeter look greedy or selfish if he’s going to carry their image into the future. The thought of Cliff Lee getting $25MM to come to the team, having done nothing for the franchise and Jeter not getting that extra year or the extra $5MM in salary won’t come over very well with a huge segment of the fans. The Yankees are a brand not just a baseball team and there is no better image than Jeter to carry that out.
Right now, when you think of the Yankees, Jeter is the first image that comes to mind, especailly with the younger fans who will come of age in the next ten years.Jeter will undoubtably get a contract to represent the Yankees in the future and that will be expensive also. So the Yankees are looking to pay him at a ‘fair’ rate on the field trying to save on what the overall cost of having Jeter on the payroll in the future is going to cost. As Cashman and Steinbrenner have hinted, it’s a business and that’s how this whole Jeter thing is being handled by both sides. The Jeter camp knows this and is using the 4th year and $18MM salary demands as a bargaining ploy. I suspect that you’re right with the final outcome except that a buyout out after three years will be added as a compromise.

Just_MLB
4 years 9 months ago

so a 4 year deal at 80 to play and a 25 year 3 mil per year deal to be a yankee for life ?
155 mil in total ??

Otis26
4 years 9 months ago

Wonder if the Royals are looking at signing Damon. Would make some sense if the price is right to help bridge the gap to the blossoming farm system.

Slopeboy
4 years 9 months ago

Not sure about the 4 years @ 80 to play, but some type of lifetime contract is very plausible. I don’t know if you remember Joe Di Maggio aka Mr. Coffee, but he was the Yankees last icon. He was cool, dignified and classy, something the Yankees organization has always tried to portrayed themselves as. Since Di Maggio’s death, there has not been a past icon to carry on that image. Mantle died and with his revelations about his less than All-American life out in the open, there’s been no ‘icon’ to carry out the image. Jeter is the perfect symbol and in this day and age the Yankees are willing to pay for it. In ten years, $3MM won’t seem like a lot

Slopeboy
4 years 9 months ago

Last post in reply to Just_MLB- forgot-to hit reply

4 years 9 months ago

Haha! See! Vazquez declines arby from the Yanks. I of course said this a couple months ago, but they said I was out of my mind. What now?? Up yours moonraker45! (that last part i was just kidding)

0bsessions
4 years 9 months ago

Actually, I think I was more vocal about the unlikelihood of Vasquez declining arb and I’m at a loss as to why he would agree to it.

To be fair, though, I think Vasquez was still a Type A when people were saying you were outright out of your mind and that would be very different. No one would touch Vasquez with a ten foot pole if he was a Type A.

Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

He likely doesn’t want to pitch for the Yankees and get destroyed in that ballpark… again.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

lol good memory, but it was a gentlemans agreement, thats like a tie.

4 years 9 months ago

If Wood declines arb, I hope he and the Yankees can work something out. Would be great to have him as the setup man in 2011. Injury history on him is worrisome, but he was solid the last half of the season for us and in the post-season.

4 years 9 months ago

Jeters arbitration result… 2 years, 10 million per year. hahahhahaha

Zack23
4 years 9 months ago

Somebody doesn’t know how arbitration works.

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

whats funny is the fact thats you are on a baseball website, a very well known and respected website. That has link after link on how baseball works and more links on how arbitration works and yet you dont know some how still….thats what funny…IF the yankees for some reason in the next hours offer him arb. the least about of money he would get is 80% of last seasons contract which would equate to about 16 mill…maybe just maybe the yankees dont want to pay him that much if they dont have to.

baseballz
4 years 9 months ago

I still think the Yankees are posturing and will ultimatly agree on 3yrs 60 mil. Its embarassing to Jeter and humbling to even suggest he takes himself seriously and attempt and do better then the Yankees offer.

Zack23
4 years 9 months ago

If he doesn’t want to be embarassed then maybe he should accept the 45m offer, which is probably 15m higher than any other team will offer.
What leverage does Jeter have for the Yankees to just add another 15m onto their offer?

Seligs_Boi
4 years 9 months ago

The Commish says he is the Captain. DEAL WITH IT. Selig out!

4 years 9 months ago

I disagree on the dollars but ultimately the Yankees will cave and sign the guy. I think in the end it will be something like 3/48 or 3/50.

bluejayspwn
4 years 9 months ago

Yea now the jays can get manny without giving up a draft pick !

bjsguess
4 years 9 months ago

There was no way the Sox were going to offer arb. Taking the risk of getting saddled with a $15-20m award would crush them.

4 years 9 months ago

Beeston was on the Fan today and said the Jays aren’t going to sign players “to 1 or 2 year deals at the end of their careers.” Sounds an awful lot like Manny to me.

bluejayspwn
4 years 9 months ago

damn it he would have been good for there line up

4 years 9 months ago

Beeston was on the Fan today and said the Jays aren’t going to sign players “to 1 or 2 year deals at the end of their careers.” Sounds an awful lot like Manny to me.

bjsguess
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t understand the Yankees rationale – at all. Why not offer arb to Jeter, Rivera, and Pettitte. There is no downside that I can see at all. If the team eventually does not sign them they will look like idiots for missing out on the picks.

Yankees420
4 years 9 months ago

Pettitte has publicly stated that if he comes back, he will only play for NY, so there really isn’t any benefit in offering arb. With Jeter I think that the Yankees want to lock him up for more years so that he definitely retires as a Yankee, and so that they don’t have to go through these negotiations again next season if Jeter were to accept. Offering Mo arb might have been the right move, there have been reports that the Yankees only want to offer him 1 year, while Rivera wants 2, the only concern I could see would be the inevitable raise Rivera would receive through arbitration.

Slopeboy
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t believe that it’s money with Jeter. It’s the years. The Yankees don’t think he can play decently at SS for three years, let alone 4 years as the Jeter camp has counter- proposed and are not going to get tied downed to that time frame.The arbitration would most likely go against Jeter and they would prefer not to publicly insult him in the manner, especailly since they believe their going to sign him when all is said and done.
All this furor with Jeter is really being overplayed by Jeter, the Yankees and the media.
The Lee signing is more of a newsworthy story and the Rivera signing is a more important story than Jeter’s, meanwhile, it gets all the press. Yankees are not going to lose out on Jeter, all this stuff is just negoiations.

Slopeboy
4 years 9 months ago

@ bjsguess- my reply button’s stuck

PhishTank
4 years 9 months ago

With the Rangers declining to offer Guerrero arbitration (but still negotiating with him), they must feel like they still have a chance to reach a deal with him but at a reduced price. Am I understanding this right?

4 years 9 months ago

Tim told you the Rangers would offer Francisco arbitration and I predict he accepts and stays

RGV84
4 years 9 months ago

Looks like the Rays could be stacked up in the draft.

$5427573
4 years 9 months ago

Considering it seems they are letting a few key guys go, they might need to be.

$5427573
4 years 9 months ago

Considering it seems they are letting a few key guys go, they might need to be.