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12/01/08 9:30 PM EST
A's letting deadline pass on arbitration
Club declines to offer any of its four eligible free agents
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- As expected, the A's on Monday night announced that they will not offer arbitration to any of their four free agents: left-hander Alan Embree, righty Keith Foulke, designated hitter Frank Thomas and outfielder Emil Brown. Embree was only player among the four who Oakland was considering retaining. Had the A's offered him arbitration and he'd refused, they'd have received a compensatory Draft pick because Embree is a Type B free agent. Thomas also is a Type B, while Brown and Foulke are unranked. The A's can continue to negotiate with all four players but will not receive compensation if any signs with another team. Embree led the A's with 70 games pitched last year and was 2-5 with a 4.96 ERA. He has appeared in 846 games in his career, which ranks tied for 33rd in Major League history. Foulke was 0-3 with a 4.06 ERA and one save in 31 appearances. He had two stints on the disabled list with neck stiffness and a right shoulder inflammation, and his 31 innings pitched were a career low. Thomas was signed as a free agent on April 24 after his release by Toronto and hit .263 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 55 games with Oakland. He also had two stints on the DL and missed a total of 81 games. Thomas has a .301 career batting average in 19 seasons, and his 521 home runs tie him with Willie McCovey and Ted Williams for 18th on baseball's all-time list. Brown batted .244 with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs in 117 games with Oakland. After starting 54 of the A's first 60 games, he started just 45 of the final 101 contests.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.