Important December dates for D-backs
With the Winter Meetings coming up next week (Dec. 6-9) in Indianapolis (just curious did MLB run out of warm weather cities to host it in?) I thought it would be a good time to look at some other important dates in the month of December.
Deadline to offer free agents arbitration: Tuesday night is the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents. If a player is not offered arbitration by 9:59 p.m. (Arizona Time) than the team does not get any compensation should he sign elsewhere.
The only player the D-backs have a decision to make about is left-hander Doug Davis. They almost certainly will not offer him arbitration because of the fear that he could accept it. The D-backs have not shown any interest in retaining Davis since they approached him in July about the possibility of a one-year extension.
If the D-backs are extremely confident that Davis would not accept arbitration, they could offer it and as a Type-B free agent, the D-backs would get a compensatory draft pick after the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Deadline for players to accept arbitration: Should the D-backs for some reason offer Davis arbitration, he would have until 9:59 p.m. (Arizona Time) on Dec. 7 to accept it.
Deadline to tender contracts: Teams must offer contracts to its unsigned players by 9:59 p.m. (Arizona Time) on Dec. 12 otherwise those players become free agents.
Typically, the players that are “non-tendered” are those players who are eligible for salary arbitration. In the D-backs case they have seven players eligible for arbitration: RHP Blaine Boyer, SS Stephen Drew, LF Conor Jackson, C Miguel Montero, INF Augie Ojeda, RHP Chad Qualls and RHP Aaron Heilman.
At one time it looked like a possibility the team would non-tender Jackson, but after his time in Instructional League and his impressive campaign in the Dominican Winter League they certainly will tender him.
It’s likely the team will also try to reach an agreement with Ojeda on a deal before this date rather than get locked in to what he might make via arbitration.