The Phillies have declined to offer arbitration to Pat Burrell and Jamie Moyer.
Both Burrell and Moyer are Type A free agents, meaning they could’ve cost the signing team two first round picks to the Phillies (if the team’s pick isn’t protected). Of course, Burrell and Moyer could’ve accepted arbitration, signing them on for a year with a larger salary than 2008.
I’m not so sure I agree with this, though. Really, it was one year of each or two likely draft picks each. Instead, it’s nothing.
Offered arbitration (meaning they’d cost more than money): AJ Burnett, Milton Bradley (Type B), Juan Cruz, Raul Ibanez, Jon Garland (Type B), Derek Lowe, Brian Shouse. Not offered arbitration (meaning they’re costing just money): Kerry Wood, Braden Looper, Russ Springer, Alan Embree, Bob Howry, Brad Penny, Bobby Abreu.