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.

1 Comment

Based on the GM’s comments today (12/3/09), it sounds like we are going to take a chance on the second base position not being productive given all the young players we have at that position. Seems to me like we have been down that road and not liked the result. (Excited to get to the big leagues and then unsustainable production and discouragement) I am all for putting a priority at the #4 starting pitcher slot and spend most of the money there (Randy Wolf, Brad Penney??) but it also seems important to obtain a professional hitter, at second base as well (not Augie) and not risk a young players slump, as we suffered through all last season, which left a very bad taste in our mouthes. I still like Felipe Lopez. As far as getting fans excited and keep them coming to the games, I think home runs and hits in the gap are pretty exciting, especially hits/rbi’s in a clutch situation. Last year, we just suffered thru player after player not coming thru in the clutch (except Mark Reynolds). Do you agree? Don’t you think we need a veteran second baseman? Or is it just a question of not having enough money and being content to just hope for the best. After reading the GM’s comments today, I cannot say that I am very encouraged about what he is thinking–Stay the same–Rely on strong starting pitching, improve the bullpen and hope for the best on offense. I think our CEO Hall wants more people in the seats. I vote to spend a little more on a veteran second baseman who can hit so that we can have more exciting rallies and get the fans excited to come down to the ballpark. Thanks for listening.

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