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Monday, November 09, 2009
 
Follow-up on Buster Olney - Hardy, Hermida, Teahan

After posting last week about Buster Olney’s article and comments about arbitration-eligible players and free agents, the Twins traded Carlos Gomez to the Brewers for J.J. Hardy; the Red Sox traded Jose Alvarez and Hunter Jones to the Marlins for Jeremy Hermida; and the White Sox acquired Mark Teahen for Chris Getz and Josh Fields. Olney posted a column on his ESPN.com site (“Hermida’s Move Sure to be Replicated - 11-6-2009) supporting his earlier comments while noting that the Royals are looking to slash $10-$13 million from their payroll and peddling Teahen is a start. Teahen settled with the Royals last year at $3,575,000 after an exchange of figures ($3,050,000 - $3,850,000). Teahen was in a select group of five of the 46 players who exchanged numbers to negotiate a figure above the midpoint. As a Super Two in 2008, Teahen was able to negotiate a $2,337,500 deal that year. Apparently the Royals will contribute $1,000,000 towards Teahen’s 2010 salary. Fields and Getz have quite awhile before they become arbitration-eligible.

Hardy finished four years with the Brewers with a disappointing season. In 2008, Hardy exchanged numbers with Milwaukee ($2,400,000 - $3,050,00) before agreeing to a $2,650,000 deal. In 2009, he made $4,650,000. Hardy’s .229 average and drop in power numbers prompted to Brewers to make a move instead of going back into arbitration. With his demotion to AAA last year, the Brewers forced him to lose his ability to move to free agency after the upcoming season. How the Twins will handle negotiations will be interesting.

Olney’s main post involved Jeremy Hermida, who moved into the salary arbitration-eligible group before the 2009 season with the Marlins. He signed in January 2009 for $2,250,000. The Red Sox will accept his arbitration-eligible status without much complaint.

Hardy, Hermida, and Teahen are now set. Their new teams will advance through the negotiation and arbitration process, if necessary, to sign their new acquisitions.





4 Comments:

Ed,

Here's a complete list of Type A and B free agents.

http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2009/11/09/free-agent-compensation-rankings-released/

Blogger Pbenn001 -- 11/10/2009 12:43 PM  


Arbitration-eligible players:

http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=492&Itemid=65

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