Some quick thoughts on the current state of the MLB Hot Stove. But first I would like to apologize for the lack of updates. Between the holidays and starting a new job, I have been very busy and haven't found the necessary time to put some real thoughts down on paper.
Hopefully things have settled down and I can continue to give my opinions on the sports world.
* Yankees offer no arbitration to anyone—This is a sign of the current economic state of the world. The fact Bobby Abreu didn't get offered arbitration is a huge surprise. All year it was understood that Abreu would be offered arbitration and the Yankees would either get draft picks as compensation or they would get Abreu for $16-18 million for the 2009 season.
Either was looked at as a win-win. But with the current economic state of things Abreu isn't getting any offers anywhere near $16 million and he definitely would have accepted. Which means Yankees would have paid him a lot more then his economic value.
* Besides Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, and probably A.J. Burnett, who is going to get big money? The markets seem to be very dry and there isn't the big money everyone was hoping for. Will players like Adam Dunn and Rafael Furcal accept the low offers?
*When will the players start signing? I would expect around the winter meetings in a couple weeks. Everyone is waiting for Sabathia and Teixeira to set the standard and then the dominoes will all fall quickly.
* Where is the outcry over the Red Sox beginning an international conflict? The Red Sox signing of Japanese amateur pitcher Tazawa is going to open a whole new can of problems for MLB. There had been a gentleman's agreement between the MLB and Japan Leagues not to pursue each other's amateurs.
Well, that is clearly gone, and now it is expected that Japanese Teams will offer America amateurs big money to leave and go play there instead of in minor leagues. This could turn into a major problem. Imagine the outcry if the Yankees did this? ESPN would have a new special every hour.