Angels offer arbitration to four, decline arbitration with Anderson
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The club declined to offer arbitration to longtime outfielder Garret Anderson, general manager Tony Reagins said.
Free agents have until Sunday to accept arbitration offers. Anderson and Garland are Type B free agents, while the rest are Type A.
If the Type A free agents sign with other clubs, the Angels will receive two compensatory picks in the 2009 amateur draft. If Anderson or Garland decline arbitration and sign with another club, Los Angeles will receive a "sandwich" draft pick between the first and second round.
Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers offered salary arbitration to free agents Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe and Casey Blake. The club declined arbitration offers to its other free agents: Rafael Furcal, Jeff Kent, Greg Maddux, Nomar Garciaparra, Brad Penny, Joe Beimel, Gary Bennett, Jason Johnson, Pablo Ozuna, Chan Ho Park and Mark Sweeney.
The three players offered arbitration have until Sunday to accept the offer, in which case they would be assured a spot on the 2009 roster.
"This basically is to protect our rights to get draft picks for these particular players. If they want to accept [arbitration], we'll be happy to bring them back," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "We can continue to negotiate with these players for a long time. There's no deadline."
If Type A free agents Ramirez and Lowe do not accept arbitration and choose to sign with another team, the Dodgers will receive two draft picks apiece from that club. Blake, a Type B free agent, would net the Dodgers a supplemental draft pick if he signs with another team.
New York Yankees: The Yankees declined salary arbitration with all eight of their former players who became free agents, a group that includes pitcher Andy Pettitte and right fielder Bobby Abreu. Both made $16 million last season, so the move was not a surprise. By declining arbitration, the Yankees forfeited draft-pick compensation if they sign with other teams.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn't rule out re-signing the pair.
"The determination that we made today was to make sure we control what amount we'd be spending," Cashman said Monday in a recorded audio statement. "We did not want to put ourselves in a position of having that determined by a third party without knowing what that figure would be."
Toronto also declined to offer arbitration to catcher Gregg Zaun.
Burnett went 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA in 34 starts last season and led the American League with 231 strikeouts. He opted out of the final two seasons of his five-year contract, deciding to try free agency and forgo $24 million the Blue Jays would have owed him.
Toronto is hoping to re-sign Burnett but could face stiff competition from several teams, including AL East rivals Boston and New York.
Colorado Rockies: Free-agent closer Brian Fuentes was offered salary arbitration by the Rockies, ensuring they will receive two compensatory picks in next year's amateur draft if the left-hander signs with another team.
Fuentes is a Type A free agent and has until Sunday to accept the arbitration offer.
A three-time All-Star, Fuentes lost his closer job in 2007 during the Rockies' run to their first World Series. He served as a set-up man for Manny Corpas during the second half of the season.
Fuentes regained his role as closer when Corpas struggled last April. Fuentes, who made $5 million in 2008, was 1-5 with 30 saves last season. In eight big league seasons, seven with Colorado, he is 17-27 with a club-record 115 saves.
Perez was 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 34 starts this season. He had 180 strikeouts and 105 walks in 194 innings.
The Mets did not offer arbitration to their other free agents: Pedro Martinez, Luis Ayala, Damion Easley, Moises Alou, Orlando Hernandez, Tony Armas, Ramon Martinez, Trot Nixon, Ricardo Rincon and Matt Wise.
Perez has until Sunday to accept the arbitration offer.
Seattle Mariners: Raul Ibanez was offered salary arbitration by the Mariners, a move that means Seattle would receive an extra pair of draft picks next year if the free-agent outfielder signs with another team.
Ibanez has until Sunday to accept the offer. Under a change in baseball's rules that began in 2006, free agents can re-sign with their former clubs at any time.
The 36-year-old was fifth in the AL with 110 RBIs while playing in all 162 games last season. He said at the end of the season he liked Seattle but wanted to win and was likely to explore offers from other teams.
Seattle lost 101 games this year.
Oakland Athletics: The Athletics declined to offer salary arbitration to their four free agents, including slugger Frank Thomas. The others are relievers Alan Embree and Keith Foulke and outfielder Emil Brown.
Thomas joined the A's on April 24 after being released by Toronto, but the Big Hurt missed much of the season. The 40-year-old designated hitter spent two stints on the disabled list and played only 55 games, batting .263 with five homers and 19 RBIs. He has said he hopes to play up to two more seasons before retiring.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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