Tonight is the deadline for teams to decide whether to cut or keep arbitration-eligible players for next season. If the player is non-tendered, he becomes a free agent. If he is tendered a deal, it is essentially a guaranteed one-year contract. However, if he and the team cannot reach agreement on a salary, the player can choose to have that number determined by an arbitrator.
Ronny Paulino, Mike Pelfrey and Manny Acosta are all eligible for arbitration.
Matthew Cerrone: There might be talk of non-tendering Pelfrey, but I’m sure he’ll be offered a contract. Yes, he can be frustrating to watch. However, the team and league values innings pitched and, at the very least, he delivers them and with potential. I bet he earns around $6 million next season, which is about right considering what comparable pitchers are getting on the open market and since he’s worth twice that in his best season (2010), and half that in his worst season (2011).
I had been expecting the team to offer arbitr...