Monday, December 01, 2008

Arbitration Deadline Approaching Tonight...

The MLB arbitration deadline is approaching, which may finally kick in the free agent signing season.

This is a rather unusual year, given that the economy is screwing with teams' partnerships with corporations in financial trouble, and I'm sure it also has to be doing a number on luxury box sales. Hard to lay off 50,000 workers due to the economy but keep the luxury boxes.

So free agency will be an interesting ride. Look for decisions from Yankees on Abreu and Pettite, which should be interesting. But I'm presuming that a lot of Type B free agents will accept the arbitration offer, given that the market for free agents is simultaneously full and facing a heavy economic slowdown, particularly at closer positions.

After midnight tonight, I think, the Hot Stove will kick into full gear.

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