The O's and tonight's arbitration deadline
Tonight is the deadline for teams to offer salary arbitration to their free agents, but that deadline will pass without incident in Baltimore. The Orioles weren't even tempted to offer arbitration to Kevin Millar, Juan Castro, Jay Payton or Alex Cintron, because those players wouldn't have brought them any draft choice compensation if they sign elsewhere.
There may, however, be some players from other teams who become more attractive because they no longer will require a compensatory draft pick. Veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria, for example, reportedly will not be offered arbitration by the Detroit Tigers, which might make him a more likely fit for the Orioles.
Sun baseball writer Dan Connolly talked to Orioles president Andy MacPhail today and he confirmed that the compensation issue could be a factor that determines whether the club makes a play for certain free agents.
"I think there are some guys you're not willing to part with a second-round pick for,'' MacPhail said, "but if that price tag has been lifted, it might increase the appeal. There are clearly guys we have agreed not to move on until we see what happens tonight. There are some players you don't mind doing that (giving up the pick), but others it doesn't make sense on."