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.

Rangers claim Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philly

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The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.

Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.