Remember when it was a surprise that the Yankees declined to offer arbitration to Bobby Abreu? There was much complaining that night. Turns out that Brian Cashman had the market figured out.
The dominos are falling and it’s clear that $17 million a year would have been a ridiculous price to pay for Abreu. Consider:
· Milton Bradley to the Cubs are three years and $30 million.
· Pat Burrell to the Rays for two years and $16 million, some of which he is donating to the team’s charity.
· Jason Giambi is close to accepting a one-year deal with the Athletics. If he gets more than $8 or $10 million, it’ll be a surprise. He will probably get much less.
It’s unclear where all this leaves Abreu. Or Adam Dunn for that matter. Never mind Garret Anderson. Every day off the calendar will bring a smart team some good bargains.