Baseball Notebook | Arbitration is offered to Yankees' Pettitte
On a deadline day that has lost much of its importance, major-league teams had to decide by Saturday night whether to offer salary arbitration...
NEW YORK — On a deadline day that has lost much of its importance, major-league teams had to decide by Saturday night whether to offer salary arbitration to their former players who became free agents.
Before last year, the deadline day was Dec. 7 and players not offered arbitration couldn't re-sign with their former teams until May 1.
But under the sport's new labor contract, agreed to during the 2006 World Series, free agents can return to their former teams at any time.
Teams offered arbitration to 17 of their former players who became free agents.
The Yankees offered arbitration to pitchers Andy Pettitte and Luis Vizcaino. They also offered it to third baseman Alex Rodriguez and closer Mariano Rivera, who have agreed to contracts but have not finalized their deals.
New York didn't offer arbitration to Roger Clemens, who might retire.
Pettitte, 35, declined his $16 million option for 2008 last month. He has said he will be a Yankee or retire.
Philadelphia made an offer to outfielder Aaron Rowand and Arizona to pitcher Livan Hernandez. Oakland offered arbitration to designated hitter Mike Piazza and outfielder Shannon Stewart, Kansas City to pitcher David Riske — a Renton native — and San Francisco to infielder Pedro Feliz.
World Series champion Boston made arbitration offers to relievers Eric Gagne and Mike Timlin. A team official told The Boston Globe that Timlin has agreed to a one-year deal for about $3 million.
San Diego made offers to outfielder Mike Cameron and catcher Michael Barrett but declined to offer arbitration to outfielder Milton Bradley.
Houston offered arbitration to infielder Mark Loretta and lefty Trever Miller.
On Friday, the Atlanta Braves offered arbitration to reliever Ron Mahay.
• KRIV-TV in Houston reported the Astros and second baseman Kazuo Matsui, 32, previously with Colorado, agreed to a three-year deal for more than $15 million.
• Pitcher Randy Wolf, 31, and the San Diego Padres agreed in principle to a one-year deal worth about $9 million.
Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company
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