In declining to offer salary arbitration to free agents Rod Barajas, Vicente Padilla and Scott Podsednik, the Dodgers chose the flexibility of being able to offer each contracts on the teams' terms in exchange for the rights to compensation of a draft pick after the first round should the players sign elsewhere. (Here's a list of those elsewhere who got salary arbitration offers, from MLB Trade Rumors. Octavio Dotel?)
But on this day, I just wish to celebrate once again the fact that baseball has eliminated its nonsensical rule that prevented teams from negotiating with their own free agents if they declined arbitration - a rule that gave the 29 other teams a distinct advantage over the player's most recent team. Having nothing to do with these three players, I'm just glad a stupid rule is no more.
As True Blue L.A. reminds us, December 2 is the deadline for the Dodgers to offer arbitration to non-free agents: Russell Martin et al.
Meanwhile, in the Noah's Ark that bears non-roster invitees to Spring Training two-by-two, the Dodgers now have a pair of sub-mediocre ex-Diamondbacks, Dana Eveland and Oscar Villarreal.
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