10 Type A free agents receive arbitration offers

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With the deadline here, we now have official word on the free agents offered arbitration by their teams.
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 – Yes
Mike Gonzalez, Braves – Yes
Kevin Gregg, Cubs – No
LaTroy Hawkins, Astros – No
Matt Holliday, Cardinals – Yes
Orlando Hudson, Dodgers – No
John Lackey, Angels – Yes
Bengie Molina, Giants – No
Darren Oliver, Angels – No
Placido Polanco, Tigers – No
Marco Scutaro, Blue Jays – Yes
Rafael Soriano, Braves – Yes
Miguel Tejada, Astros – No
Jose Valverde, Astros – Yes
Billy Wagner, Red Sox – Yes
Randy Wolf, Dodgers – No
The big surprise here is Wolf, as touched upon earlier.
With Hawkins also falling into the “no” category,, there are just 10 free agents set to require draft-pick compensation. One of those, Betancourt, may very well accept the arbitration offer. There’s a slight chance that Soriano could as well. None of the other players figure to do so.
Wolf, Damon, Hudson, Molina and Hawkins just received significant boosts to their value this winter. Teams that would have been hesitant to give up a first-rounder for them no longer have to worry about it.
Here’s the list of Type B free agents to get offered arbitration:
Rod Barajas, Adrian Beltre, Marlon Byrd, Mark DeRosa, Justin Duchscherer, Brandon Lyon, Jason Marquis, Carl Pavano, Joel Pineiro, Fernando Rodney, Ivan Rodriguez, Brian Shouse, Gregg Zaun
In some of these cases, there could well be an agreement in place for the player to decline arbitration. Rodriguez and Zaun would seem to be likely candidates there. The players, being Type Bs, have nothing to lose in such an arrangement. The teams, on the other hand, would gain a supplemental first-round pick if the offer is rejected and the player departs.
Notable Type Bs not receiving offers include Vladimir Guerrero, Mike Cameron, Nick Johnson, Andy LaRoche, Carlos Delgado, Felipe Lopez, Andy Pettitte, Rich Harden and Erik Bedard.

Tim Tebow homered in his first at-bat with Single-A St. Lucie

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Mets minor league outfielder and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was recently promoted from Single-A Columbia to advanced Single-A St. Lucie. Critics suggested that, because Tebow wasn’t exactly lighting up competition with Columbia, the promotion was just about marketing.

Tebow, to his credit, has gotten off to a good start with St. Lucie. In his first at-bat with his new team, he hit a two-run home run, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. The home run came on a 3-1 count against starter Junior Fernandez of the Palm Beach Cardinals. Fernandez is the Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

With Columbia, Tebow was hitting a paltry .220/.311/.336 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 244 plate appearances.

Cardinals option Aledmys Diaz to Triple-A

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The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that shortstop Aledmys Diaz has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis and infielder Alex Mejia’s contract has been purchased from Memphis.

Diaz, 26, impressed last season when he posted an .879 OPS and finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. This year has been rough on Diaz, as he’s batting .260/.293/.396 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 288 plate appearances. He’s the second major Cardinals player to get sent down to the minors along with Randal Grichuk.

Diaz was surprised by the demotion. Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch:

Mejia, 26, opened the season with Double-A Springfield but was promoted to Triple-A two weeks ago. With Springfield, he hit .251/.305/.366 in 251 PA. In 42 PA with Memphis, he hit .263/.333/.289.