In case you missed yesterday's news, the A's have offered Justin Duchscherer arbitration.This means that Duke has until Monday to accept or decline the offer. Should he decline, the A's will receive a compensatory pick in the 2010 draft. According to Urban:
It's highly unlikely that Duchscherer, a two-time All-Star who made the American League team as a reliever in 2005 and as a starter in 2008, will accept Oakland's offer because he'd run the risk of taking a pay cut. In arbitration, the A's can propose up to a 20-percent decrease on his 2009 salary.
Duchscherer, whose agent has been contacted by several teams (including the A's), likely will get a raise on the open market, but given his injury history -- his 2007 and 2008 seasons were cut short by hip injuries that required surgery -- he'll probably have to accept a contract that features incentive clauses based on how much he pitches.
How do we feel about this?Is there even a chance he will stay?
In other news, the A's Holiday Caravan begins tomorrow at the Walnut Creek Holiday Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting at Broadway Plaza. Rajai Davis, Brad Ziegler and Stomper will be there to take photos and sign autographs. They will be in San Ramon on Friday, Emeryville and Pleasanton on Saturday, and San Jose on Sunday.
Is anyone from AN going to an event this weekend? And on a side note, am I the only one who now has to double-check the spelling of "Holiday" each and every time I type it?