Early arbitration offer roundup: Bay, Hudson, etc.

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We’ll have a full rundown once the official results come in, but here’s a look at what free agents are getting arbitration offers from their teams. Remember that Type A free agents who are offered arbitration will cost a draft pick if signed. Type B free agents require no compensation, but the team losing them will receive a newly created draft pick between the first and second rounds.
Type A free agents:
Jason Bay, Red Sox – Yes
Rafael Betancourt, Rockies – Yes
Orlando Cabrera, Twins – No (Contract rules out an arbitration offer)
Johnny Damon, Yankees – No
Octavio Dotel, White Sox – No
Jermaine Dye, White Sox – No
Chone Figgins, Angels – Almost certainly
Mike Gonzalez, Braves – Unknown
Kevin Gregg, Cubs – No
LaTroy Hawkins, Astros – Yes
Matt Holliday, Cardinals – Yes
Orlando Hudson, Dodgers – No
John Lackey, Angels – Almost certainly
Bengie Molina, Giants – Unknown
Melvin Mora, Orioles – No
Darren Oliver, Angels – Unknown
Placido Polanco, Tigers – No
Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays – Yes
Rafael Soriano, Braves – Unknown
Miguel Tejada, Astros – No
Jose Valverde, Astros – Yes
Billy Wagner, Red Sox – Yes
Randy Wolf, Dodgers – Probably
Also of note:
The Tigers have offered arbitration to relievers Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon and passed on offers to Jarrod Washburn, Aubrey Huff and Adam Everett. They were all Type Bs. Polanco was their only Type A free agent.
The Jays have made an offer to Type B free agent Rod Barajas.
The Cubs are not planning to make an offer to Type B free agent Rich Harden.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.