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.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.