OAKLAND -- On Wednesday, the A's offered salary arbitration to free-agent outfielders Josh Willingham and David DeJesus, meaning they will receive compensatory Draft picks if they decline the respective offers and sign elsewhere.
The pair has until 9 p.m. PT on Dec. 7 to accept, though both are expected to decline. Willingham, who is one of six big leaguers to be classified as a "modified" Type-A free agent in a one-year arrangement under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, is being pursued by several teams. DeJesus is also likely to garner plenty of interest as the outfield market thins.
Under the new CBA, a team that signs a modified Type-A free agent, such as Willingham, will not forfeit a Draft pick to sign him. Instead, it will receive compensation in the form of the pick before the signing team's scheduled first-round pick, as well as a supplemental-round selection. The change to the status of those modified free agents is for this offseason only, as a new set of rules will be implemented next year.
Meanwhile, if DeJesus signs elsewhere, the A's will receive a supplemental-round selection.
The A's did not offer arbitration to Hideki Matsui, Coco Crisp or Rich Harden, who represent unranked free agents for whom no compensation applies.