37 Free Agents Offered Arbitration

Teams offered 37 free agents arbitration this year, compared to 35 last year and 23 the year before that. If you're not sure what offering arbitration means, click here to read our free agent arbitration primer.

The following players were offered arbitration this week, and now have until December 7th to accept or decline the offers. The breakdown is more complicated than usual this offseason, as MLB transitions from one CBA to another. Here are the details on which players obtained offers:

Type A Free Agents (7 players)

  • Prince Fielder
  • David Ortiz
  • Jonathan Papelbon
  • Albert Pujols
  • Jose Reyes
  • Jimmy Rollins
  • C.J. Wilson

It will cost draft picks to sign the free agents above, and their teams did have to offer them arbitration to be eligible for compensation picks.

Modified Type A Free Agents (6 players)

  • Heath Bell
  • Michael Cuddyer
  • Kelly Johnson
  • Ryan Madson
  • Francisco Rodriguez
  • Josh Willingham

It won’t cost draft picks to sign the six players above, but their teams did have to offer them arbitration to be eligible for compensation picks.

Type B Free Agents (24 players)

  • Rod Barajas
  • Clint Barmes
  • Mark Buehrle
  • Matt Capps
  • Bruce Chen
  • Francisco Cordero
  • David DeJesus
  • Octavio Dotel
  • Ryan Doumit
  • Mark Ellis
  • Frank Francisco
  • Freddy Garcia
  • Aaron Harang
  • Ramon Hernandez
  • Raul Ibanez
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Jason Kubel
  • Derrek Lee
  • Jose Molina
  • Darren Oliver
  • Carlos Pena
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Jon Rauch
  • Dan Wheeler

It won’t cost draft picks to sign the 24 players above, but their teams did have to offer them arbitration to be eligible for compensation picks. 

Also note that the following five Type A players will be treated as Type B free agents: Matt Capps, Francisco Cordero, Octavio Dotel, Ramon Hernandez and Darren Oliver. They didn't require arbitration offers for their teams to receive supplemental draft picks as compensation and teams won't have to surrender picks to sign them.

Our Free Agent Arbitration Offer Tracker has all of the arbitration decisions and will also show who accepts two weeks from now. We also note the decisions in our constantly-updated 2012 free agent list.


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