Hot Stove League Heats Up
Pro football is heading into the final turn of the regular season but baseball is grabbing a lot of attention.
There’s nothing like baseball’s Hot Stove League, the off-season gig that has people talking about the sport. No other sport comes close. Oh, there are rumors in other sports but never to the magnitude of baseball.
Last night’s deadline for offering arbitration stirred up the news media and bloggers.
Yes, we declined to offer arbitration to Jamie Moyer, Pat Burrell, Tom Gordon and Rudy Seanez.
According to this morning’s story on MLB.com:
**We were one of 12 teams that declined all their arbitration eligible players, joining the Yankees, Rays, Cubs, Cardinals, Braves, Orioles, Marlins, Nationals, A’s, Astros and Giants.
**24 players were offered arbitration.
**102 players were not (pending 7 more potentials with the Reds).
The trend? Perhaps the economic climate is a factor. Buster Olney, ESPN.com’s baseball columnist, certainly feels that way.
So, if Moyer and Burrell sign elsewhere, we get no compensation next June. But, that doesn’t mean we still don’t want to retain them. We can still negotiate.
According to various rumor mills, the Phillies have shown interest in Juan Rivera, Rocco Baldelli, Nick Punto, Russ Springer, Felipe Lopez, Mark Loretta, Doug Brocail and Damion Easley.
They are now in a new class of free agents, the type who are free of compensation. More fuel for the Hot Stove League.