The Atlanta Braves offered arbitration to four players Wednesday night, while declining to do the same to three other players from the 2005 roster.
Catcher Eddie Perez, outfielder Brian Jordan, shortstop Rafael Furcal, and pitcher Kyle Farnsworth were all offered arbitration, while first baseman Julio Franco, outfielder Todd Hollandsworth, and reliever Jay Powell were not offered arbitration by the club.
It was somewhat of a surprise that Perez and Jordan were offered arbitration, since most believed the two veterans would retire this winter. But both have hinted they may give it one more try this spring, and by offering arbitration, the Braves have the option of possibly bringing them into spring camp as non-roster players. Both Perez and Jordan are expected to turn down the arbitration process.
It was just a formality to offer Furcal and Farnsworth, ensuring the Braves will receive compensatory draft picks next June. Furcal signed a three-year deal with the Dodgers last weekend, while Farnsworth inked a three-year contract with the Yankees.
Franco was not offered arbitration, and swiftly signed a two-year, $2 million dollar deal with the New York Mets. Franco wanted a similar deal from the Braves, but Atlanta was only willing to offer a one-year contract.
Powell, who suffered a severe arm injury in August, and Hollandsworth, acquired in August from the Cubs, are both expected to retire.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. You can email Bill at email@example.com.
Braves offer arbitration to four players
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