Could the Astros lose compensation for Barmes?
One of the biggest the decisions the Astros need to make this offseason is deciding whether to offer arbitration to free agent shortstop Clint Barmes, who’s a Type B free agent. The Astros are unlikely to re-sign Barmes, but if they offer him arbitration and he accepts, the team would be on the hook for about $5 million (he made $3.92 million last season).
That decision, however, could be pointless if a report in the New York Post is true. The newspaper, citing two officials briefed on collective bargaining talks, reported compensation for Type-B free agents will be eliminated this offseason. Presently, teams who offer arbitration to Type-B free agents and watch them sign with another team are given a sandwich pick between the first and second round in next year’s First-Year Player Draft.
If the elimination of compensation is part of the new Basic Agreement, the Astros would have no reason to offer arbitration to Barmes, who doesn’t appear to be in the team’s plans going forward because of his salary.