According to Peter Abraham, the Yankees offered arbitration to Brian Bruney, Wilson Betemit, Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang last night. However, they did not offer deals to RHPs T.J. Beam, Matt DeSalvo and Darrell Rasner, so they become free agents.
I find it odd that the Yankees did not offer long term deals to Cano and Wang. It seems wise to lock them up now into a team friendly contract before their arbitration-eligable years run out, much like the Mets did with David Wright and Jose Reyes. I mean, why wouldn't you? Of course, the team did the same thing with Jeter back in the mid 90's, so apparently it's a team policy.
Losing Beam and DeSalvo is no big deal. Beam is 25 and DeSalvo is 26, and neither cracked the majors until this year. Both pitched horribly. However, I would have liked to see Rasner stick around. In six starts, he posted a very AL East respectable 4.01 ERA, and has a career ERA+ of 107 over 3 years and 17 game appearances. I think he could have stuck as a middle reliever.
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