The Boston Globe, full of tasty treats today, lends more credence to a Manny-for-Peavy trade, says Boras reportedly wants 6 years at $72 million for Matsuzaka, and that the Sox will offer Nixon arbitration:
If the Sox offer arbitration today — and one club source cautioned it wasn’t definite — and Nixon accepts by the Dec. 7 deadline, that would make him the equivalent of a signed player for 2007, and probably place him squarely in the team’s plans.
Isn’t a more logical explanation that the Sox will offer him arbitration so they can assure themselves a draft pick (he’s a Type B free agent) if or when he signs with someone else? Much like people suspect the Dodgers will do with Drew even though they have no shot at signing him? It’s the same reason why the Sox got stuck with Graffanino last season — they offered him arbitration to get the draft picks back, but Graff wasn’t good enough for any of the teams looking at him to want to give up the draft picks, so he accepted the arbitration.
Am I missing something, or does it sound like Edes is reading too much into what is essentially a basic strategy in the free agent market?