Tuesday, December 02, 2008
No Arbitration- Right or Wrong?
Ruben Amaro just made his first big decision as newly appointed Phillies GM in not offering either Type A free agents Pat Burrell or Jamie Moyer arbitration. We all suspected Burrell was going bye-bye anyway, but not offering him arbitration is simply retarded in my opinion. Burrell wants multiple years, so it's doubtful he would have accepted, but now when he signs elsewhere the Phils will not get any compensation via draft picks. Worst case scenario, Burrell would have accepted and the Phils would have been on the hook for 1 year and $15-16 million. I'd rather have Burrell back for that price for 1 season then any free agent on the market (with the exception of Manny). Moyer's case is a bit puzzling too, as both the Phils and Grand Pappy have expressed the mutual desire to re-up the slow-pitch 47 year old lefty. If Jamie had accepted arbitration he would have probably gotten anywhere from $8-10 million, and that's a steep price from an organizational standpoint. I still foresee them coming to an agreement for a 1 year deal with a vesting option.