Arbitration Offers to Lyon, Rodney

According to’s Jason Beck (via twitter), the Tigers have extended salary arbitration offers to free agent pitchers Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon.  The two players both qualify as type-B free agents, so if either or both turn down the offers and sign elsewhere, the Tigers would recieve a compensatory draft choice.  The players have until December 7 to decide whether or not to remain with the club or to persue other opportunities on the open market.


Unlike Lyon and Rodney, second baseman Placido Polanco was not offered arbitration by the Tigers.  Polanco can now sign with any other club and the Tigers will get nothing in return for the type-A free agent.  Rumors had the Phillies and Twins among several teams interested in the now former Tiger. 


With Detroit ready to hand over the second base job to Scott Sizemore next season, this isn’t a huge surprise.  It seems the team did not want to risk having Polanco accept thier offer and thus tack on an additional $6 million or so to the payroll.  It’s a move that stings a bit for the fans, but a smart baseball move if the Tigers feel Sizemore is ready, and they obviously do.


The Tigers’ remaining free agents, Jarrod Washburn, Aubrey Huff, and Adam Everett did not qualify as either type-A or type-B and were not offered arbitration.  No surprises there.  Everett is drawing interest from Boston, but the Tigers are thought to be interested in bringing him back as well.

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  • Chris

    Is it really true that a team that loses a type-A gets a sandwich pick in addition to the other team’s first-rounder? I just read that the Red Sox would get a bonus sandwich pick for signing Matt Holliday and letting Jason Bay go. That’s just ridiculous.

    • John Parent

      Chris- What you read is true in that the Red Sox would get a first round pick plus a sandwich pick if Bay signs elsewhere. Then if they sign Holliday, the Sox lose their first round choice to the Cardinals who also get a sandwich pick. The sandwich picks are not taken from teams, however, they are simply “created” by MLB. So if Bay signs with St. Louis and Holliday signs with Boston, the clubs would swap first-round choices and both clubs would also get a sandwich pick as well. It is a silly system; word is that it will be adjusted in the next collective bargaining agreement.

  • Bob

    I’m perfectly ok with the Tigers saying so long to Polanco. He’s had a nice 4 years with them, but it’s time to see what Sizemore can offer. I certainly don’t want them to sign a multi year deal with a 34 year old player. The Tigers will emerge in 2011 with a lot of really bad contracts off the books, and they don’t need another one. I really don’t expect Lyon or Rodney to accept arbitration, so it appears likely (barring a trade) that Zumaya or Perry might compete for the closers job. It should be an interesting spring training.

    • John Parent

      Call me a lunatic, but I am actually hoping they give Zumaya a chance to close this spring. I know his health is always a question mark, but he is still quite young and could have a long career ahead of him. The bullpen is better when Zumaya is healthy and I think he is a much stronger candidate to close than Perry. Maybe just wishful thinking though.