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Another Arbitration Deadline
2004-12-19 16:13
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Today is the deadline for those players offered salary arbitration to accept. For the Dodgers, this is most noteworthy in regards to Odalis Perez.

  • Acceptance means that the player will definitely return to his team for one year at a figure determined by an arbitrator - usually more than the player would average in a long-term contract, even if the team loses the arbitration hearing - unless the parties settle on a contract on their own.

  • Rejection keeps the door open for negotiations on a free-agent contract until January 8 - but allows the player to continue negotiating with other teams.

    With the generous market for free-agent starting pitchers so far seeming to elude the lefty, Perez might decide to accept arbitration and guarantee himself a one-year contract with the Dodgers that could conceivably pay him almost anything in the seven-digit category. (Perez was paid $5 million for 2004, a season in which he then lowered his 2003 ERA by 1.27.) On the other hand, the security of a multiyear contract might prevail, no matter the dollars.

    We'll know soon.

    Update: Perez rejected arbitration, as did catcher Brent Mayne.

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