70runner
This is from JSONLINE but thought it might be a good discussion here. Any you like?

[link=http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/35370799.html]Free agents not offered arbitration[/link] By of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 2, 2008 10:16 a.m.
Here is a list of Class A and Class B free agents who were not offered arbitration yesterday, meaning teams can sign them without forfeiting draft picks:
C Paul Lo Duca (Class B)
C Ivan Rodriguez (Class B)
C Greg Zaun (Class B)
2B Jeff Kent (Class B)
2B Mark Loretta (Class B)
SS Edgar Renteria (Class A)
SS Juan Uribe (Class B)
OF Moises Alou (Class B)
OF Garret Anderson (Class B)
OF Pat Burrell (Class A)
OF Adam Dunn (Class A)
OF Luis Gonzalez (Class B)
OF Bobby Abreu (Class A)
OF Ken Griffey Jr. (Class B)
DH Frank Thomas (Class B)
LHP Randy Johnson (Class B)
RHP Braden Looper (Class B)
RHP Greg Maddux (Class B)
LHP Jamie Moyer (Class A)
RHP Brad Penny (Class B)
LHP Andy Pettitte (Class A)
RHP John Smoltz (Class B)
LHP Randy Wolf (Class B)
RHP Eric Gagne (Class B)
RHP Trevor Hoffman (Class A)
RHP Jason Isringhausen (Class B)
RHP Kerry Wood (Class A)
RHP Luis Ayala (Class B)
LHP Joe Beimel (Class B)
RHP Doug Brocail (Class A)
LHP Alan Embree (Class B)
RHP Bob Howry (Class A)
LHP Arthur Rhodes (Class B)
RHP Rudy Seanez (Class B)
RHP Russ Springer (Class A)
So, all of those free agents can be signed without losing draft picks. Any of them pique your interest as possible fits for the Brewers?

Quote 0 0
longball12
These are the only guys I would even gander at, and the outfielders listed are only if we trade the Yankees to get rid of Cameron's salary, as it appears he is on board again to try to lure CC back to Milwaukee.

OF Garret Anderson (Class B)
OF Bobby Abreu (Class A)
RHP Greg Maddux (Class B)
RHP Brad Penny (Class B)

I don't see much more on there that jumps out at me and screams: "Pick Me Pick Me!" Abreau would be at a hefty price, but gives you that left handed bat and definitely improves the lineup, but gives you the lefty bat (I think I said that twice). Same with Anderson, but Anderson might be a little cheaper. I thought about Burrell and then moving Hart to center, but then, Philly didn't want him, so why would we?

MAddux is an interesting #5 starter. I don't know. Penny is a hard thrower, something we lack. Think about it. Gallardo has some gas and so does Parra, but Bush, Soup and Villy are soft tossers. Penny could be a nice arm to add to the rotation.


Proud And Loving Father Of An Angel Named Derek - 8/4/13

Twitter - @iamlongball
Quote 0 0
pinetar
I think that Philly doesn't want Burrell with the emergence of werth and the younger outfielders they have...

I have what is probably a dumb question but, lets say the brewers sign a couple of the type A free agents that WERE offered arbitration...how does that work with draft picks? or is there a limit on how many type A free agents you can sign?
Quote 0 0
pinetar
I think the Brewers would be dumb to not kick the tires on joe biemel and russ springer...I also wanna see them do the same with Adam Dunn...he'd have a field day in Miller Park...its likes putting Albert Pujols in Houston with that short porch...

also, now that they don't have to give up anything for Kerry Wood and he comes at a cheaper price then F-Rod and Fuentes...he seems like the logically choice for the pen...and although Melvin wants to wait around to fill the bullpen...it seems the cheap good arms are coming off the market fairly quick...I wish we would have made a run at Howry...he came cheap...knew the division...and just had a ton of bad luck last year IMO...
Quote 0 0
formerwiacbaseballer
T_Unit14 wrote:

I wish we would have made a run at Howry...he came cheap...knew the division...and just had a ton of bad luck last year IMO...

I wouldn't exactly call it a run of bad luck..... I mean he did give up a career high 13 HR's last year, in fewer innings on top of it.

When you are a fastball pitcher (with virtually no movement in the case of Howry) and you are topping out at 88/89 compared to the 93/94 you were throwing in the past, people are going to hit you hard as was the case last year. He was still throwing strikes, however he couldn't throw it by anyone. Unless he re-gains his old form, which is entirely possible, I would expect the kayakers to have a field day fighting over the gopher balls when Bob comes into pitch.

Brewer fans, count your blessings that he won't be in your bullpen next season!!!!
"Let's Play Two!!!"

Baseball is not a game that builds character, it is a game that reveals it.

"There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
Quote 0 0
formerwiacbaseballer
I'm really having a hard time understanding why the Cubs didn't offer Wood arbitration. The front office said they offered him a one-year deal, but Wood's agent said he was looking for a multi-year deal. Fine, that is totally understandable, since this may be his last chance at a significant pay day.

So why not offer him arbitration and that same one-year deal? If he changes his mind and accepts it, your bullpen gets stronger, and if he doesn't you get the draft picks. Instead, the Cubs end up with nothing.

Anyone able to help me out on this one???
"Let's Play Two!!!"

Baseball is not a game that builds character, it is a game that reveals it.

"There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened."
Quote 0 0
travis12
Former WIAC Baseballer wrote:


I'm really having a hard time understanding why the Cubs didn't offer Wood arbitration. The front office said they offered him a one-year deal, but Wood's agent said he was looking for a multi-year deal. Fine, that is totally understandable, since this may be his last chance at a significant pay day.

So why not offer him arbitration and that same one-year deal? If he changes his mind and accepts it, your bullpen gets stronger, and if he doesn't you get the draft picks. Instead, the Cubs end up with nothing.

Anyone able to help me out on this one???


It probably isn't the case here, but it's been hinted at with a few other teams: some teams don't want to have to pay the premiums that come with high draft choices. I know Arizona was looking at that since they had so many free agents. In these tougher economic times it's hard to give a multi-million dollar deal to a guy that is more likely than not to never even play in the big leagues. I don't personally agree with that strategy, but I can understand why some teams would rather sign a value free agent for 3-4 million than an unproven rookie.
Brock Michael Wilson -- 6/30/2011; 9 lbs, 13 oz & 21 in

10/22/2010 -- 598,210 pageviews for WSN

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/travisWSN

#DBWH
Quote 0 0
wissportsnet

Boys Basketball Alumni Round-up: February 21st, from @ColtonWilson23 #wisbb -- https://t.co/0K6CZzZWpf https://t.co/715tfpBGVS

wissportsnet

WSN15: Boys Basketball Top Teams #12 -- Two NCAA Division I players at one WIAA Division 4 school = state champions… https://t.co/1MThqzce9L

wissportsnet

Predicting winners of every state wrestling title plus a look By The Numbers, from @Nate_Woelfel -… https://t.co/HgU1bLP7d6

wissportsnet

Join the free Boys Basketball Playoff Pick 'Em Contest; Staff picks coming Tuesday #wisbb -- https://t.co/Y6yTA3OgP8 https://t.co/hA6Uyw9uje