And Trot Nixon probably will not be a Red Sock next year.
For the record, the Yanks have offered Ron Villone arbitration, but not Bernie, Miggy, Craig Wilson, Sal Fasano, Octavio Dotel, and
Tanyon Sturtze. Villone is the only Class B free agent of the bunch, meaning the only one who would draw a draft pick if he’s picked up by another team. Do the Yanks want him or the draft pick? Unclear.
(Note, the draft pick is supplemental; if a team picks up Villone, they don’t lose their pick; it’s just an extra one for the Yanks.)
I would guess, YF, that they’re good either way. Villone was largely effective and would not cost them too much. If he wants a multi-year deal, they get the pick. Win-win situation.
Free agent rules have changed. The Sox can still sign Trot and the Yanks can still sign Bernie.
So Trot is gone and Manny could soon follow. Besides Ortiz returning, how the hell am I supposed to love this team next year? I must return to my study where I can get my stash of Jamison in the lower drawer, drink till I’m schnockered, and watch Faith Rewarded 86 times in a row. So long Trot. Thanks!
Dave, it’s not a done deal yet. He very well could just sign a one year deal with an option for the Sox. I doubt it, but it could happen.
Pessimistic at heart I guess. In all reality, bringing Nixon back would most likely result in a platoon situation with Wily Mo Pena. So the question to be asked is: Is it more worthwhile to see what Wily Mo will do with 550 at bats?
Dave: 100 percent yes!
Interesting that the Sox didn’t offer arb to Loretta. He’s a Type A free agent, and it seems he’s one of those where it couldn’t hurt to have him back or trade him for prospects if he accepted the arb. The Red Sox have been all about iusing all those extra draft picks lately. So that seems surprising.
Gonzo is a Type B, so the Sox get a supplemental sandwich pick there. Otherwise, though, that’s it. Drew’s out clause made him arb-ineligible, meaning the Sox don’t lose the first rounder for signing him, but Lugo is a Type A, which could mean the Sox would be without a first-round pick in 2007, period. Eric Gagne also is Type A, fwiw.
Interesting to note, by the way, that Rudy Seanez is also a Type A free agent because the rating system looks at the past two years (2.69 ERA in 2005 as opposed to 4.92 in 2006). I wonder if anyone would want to lose the draft picks to get him? Did the Pads even offer him arbitration, considering he pitched even worse for them than he did for the Sox (albeit in very limited action)? Highly doubtful.
Wait…if the FA ratings system only looks at the last 2 years, how is Gagne a Type A? He hasn’t pitched since 2004…
The rating system is done by Elias; the idea that players can be divided into so many ranking categories is basically ridiculous; I’m surprised the union signed up for it, but in the end the system has worked to the players’ advantage, so, whatever. Back in 1889, the owners imposed a system of graded classification on the players, with each grade corresponding to a certain salary point. The players were so pissed off about this that they actually went and started their own league, the players league, which existed for 1 year before it was reabsorbed into the nl. (you can read all about this in “spalding’s world tour”—don’t you have your copy already?!?)
i would assume the sox didn’t offer arb to loretta because they plan on putting pedroia at second, and don’t want to risk him signing at a salary point they’re not comfortable with.
Actually, let me rephrase part of the above: a graduated system is not ridiculous, but will always be dubious. I’m not sure how they arrive at the categories, but even if it’s something simple (combined vorp over 2 years) then it’s still far from objective (why not use win share? or ops? or….) and even if you do end up with some “objective” result, there’s still the matter of arbitrary cutoffs. I believe type a players are “top 40 percent.” but the 10/20/30 guys that straddle the border between 40/39 are not going to be separated in any meaningful way. The ladders are random.
As an aside, part–but by no means all–of what ticked off the players in 1889 was that the classification system also graded the players on bullshit criteria like “decorum,” so was almost entirely discretionary for ownership.
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