M’s Offer Beltre Arbitration
Good news. The M’s took the plunge on an arbitration offer to Adrian Beltre, which will net them something like the 45th pick in the draft next year if he signs elsewhere. The odds of him accepting are very low.
Around the league, the Dodgers declined to offer arbitration to anyone, underscoring just how severely the McCourt divorce is going to hamper their ability to function. Really, the odds of Randy Wolf accepting were none and none, but they punt the draft picks anyway.
All three of the interesting type A second baseman were not offered – Orlando Hudson, Placido Polanco, and Felipe Lopez. If the M’s deal Jose Lopez, expect them to be in on one of those three. Marco Scutaro was offered, which almost certainly takes him off the M’s list. They won’t be giving up the 17th pick in the draft to sign him.