mak1277 wrote:Burnett's not going to close. I just don't see it. He's not pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his last 11 outings, or something similarly horrible. To say Burnett's the best arm in the 'pen is, well, damning with faint praise.
I don't know that Marte is a slam dunk to be traded though. The word is that he is likely on his way toward becoming a type A free agent...the Pirates would have to get a better return than the 2 picks he'd net them under that situation. There's certainly no guarantee of that happening.
I thought, though, that if a team held an option for someone, but declined it, they were not allowed to offer arbitration to that player (which must be done in order to get the compensatory picks). Am I wrong on that?