Re: Impending FA, Arbitration and Draft Pick Compensation
Originally Posted by Kc61
If Ramon H accepts arbitration, I'm not sure it will be so easy to trade him. Other teams might not want to arbitrate with him. Other teams might not want to negotiate with him in an arbitration setting.
I don't think it's very common to get into an arb situation with a player and then trade him. It happens, but not that often.
Again, if the Reds fall out of it (I wonder where they will be on July 4th!) I would trade Ramon. For the rest of this year, he is a valuable chip.
Keep in mind also that the Reds don't have a track record of offering arbitration to their free agents. It would be a departure from their usual practice.
I do agree with you, though, that if the Reds don't re-sign Cordero they should DEFINITELY offer him arbitration. He will get a mult-year contract elsewhere and the Reds will get draft picks.
With Hernandez, the Reds could arbitrate with him and still trade him before the season starts. Even if we get very little in return in terms of prospects, it would be worth the risk to see if he declines IMO.