A couple arbitration related headlines making news this Tuesday, courtesy of MLB.com:
- The Rockies have offered arbitration to pitchers Jason Marquis and Rafael Betancourt. The Rockies and Betancourt could not work out a two-year deal earlier this offseason, but likely will try to work out a deal before the hearing. Either way, they have set themselves up for draft picks if they don't sign either.
- The Blue Jays have offered arbitration to shortstop Marco Scutaro and catcher Rod Barajas. Scutaro, a Type-A free agent, may have trouble finding a job this offseason if the Red Sox pursue other options at short. Teams may not be as willing to surrender to draft picks for a guy like Scutaro, who is only a .265 hitter who has never hit more than 9 home runs before this past season, when he hit 12.
- The Padres will not offer arbitration to outfielder Brian Giles or catcher Henry Blanco. Blanco has drawn interest from the Mets, White Sox, and Braves.
- The White Sox will not offer arbitration to outfielder Jermaine Dye, pitcher Octavio Dotel, outfielder Scott Podsednik, or catcher Ramon Castro.
- Bob Dutton via Twitter is reporting that the Royals will not offer arbitration to Miguel Olivo. Olivo is the only Royal to receive a free agent ranking, he is a Type-B free agent.
- The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Tigers offered arbitration to right-handers Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney, but not infielder Placido Polanco, shortstop Adam Everett, left-hander Jarrod Washburn and first baseman-designated hitter Aubrey Huff. The Tigers are expected to stay in contract with Polanco and Everett, but sources say they have already moved on from Huff and Washburn.
- Carrie Muskat via Twitter is reporting that the Cubs will not offer arbitration to pitchers Rich Harden or Kevin Gregg.