Anderson left out of arbitration offers
Angels secure Draft compensation for four free agents
ANAHEIM -- The Angels have offered arbitration to four Major League free agents -- Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Darren Oliver and Jon Garland -- while not extending an offer to Garret Anderson. General manager Tony Reagins made the announcement on Monday afternoon before the 9 p.m. PT deadline.Rodriguez, Teixeira and Oliver are Type A free agents. If they decline arbitration by the Dec. 7 deadline and go on and sign with other teams, the Angels will receive two picks from June's First-Year Player Draft as compensation. For Garland, a Type B free agent, a sandwich pick between the first two rounds would serve as compensation for another club signing him. The decision not to offer arbitration to Anderson, also a Type B free agent, was not unexpected. The club did not pick up his $11 million option for 2009, and if they had offered him arbitration, he likely would have received more than that in a settlement hearing. Rodriguez and Teixeira, two of the most coveted free agents on the market, are considered locks to decline arbitration and pursue long-term deals. Oliver, the only southpaw in the Angels bullpen for most of the past two seasons, has excelled as a middle reliever. At 38, he reportedly has appeal to a number of clubs, including the Tigers, but he may very well accept the Angels' offer and return to Anaheim with a market-value one-year deal. In addition to a sandwich pick, the Angels will get the first-round pick belonging to any club that signs one of their Type A free agents, unless the signing club has a pick in the top 15 in the Draft. If the club owns a top-15 pick, its second-round choice would go to the Angels instead. In Garland's case, the Angels will end up with either their fifth starter returning at an arbitration-determined one-year salary or a sandwich pick as compensation if he declines and signs elsewhere. Acquired last winter from the White Sox for shortstop Orlando Cabrera -- also a free agent -- Garland was 14-8 with a 4.90 ERA in 32 starts. The 29-year-old right-hander is valued for his consistency and durability and is expected to attract a long-term offer from several clubs in search of starting pitching.
Since he was not offered arbitration, Anderson can sign with any club, including the Angels, without compensation involved. The left fielder is the franchise leader in a number of offensive categories, including hits, doubles, RBIs and total bases.Juan Rivera, whose playing time the past two seasons was limited by a broken leg, did not qualify as a Type A or B free agent and is free to sign anywhere without compensation coming to the Angels. Classifications are based on a statistical study by the Elias Sports Bureau, compiling and evaluating player performances over the past two seasons. Teixeira was determined to be the highest-rated player in the Majors in competition with first basemen, outfielders and designated hitters. K-Rod went through salary arbitration this season and lost to the club, settling for $10 million for the 2008 season. He is seeking a long-term deal in hopes of entering the $15 million annual neighborhood of fellow closer Mariano Rivera of the Yankees. Teixeira's price tag is in the $20 million range, with agent Scott Boras seeking a 10-year deal -- beyond what the Angels reportedly are prepared to offer.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.