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Mahay Offered Arbitration, No Offer to Andruw

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Frank Wren offered arbitration to left-handed reliever Ron Mahay and declined to offer arbitration to center fielder Andruw Jones on Friday, a day before the deadline. Those two are the only compensation-eligible of Atlanta's free agents. Mahay,  36, will almost certainly decline the offer after a season in which he posted a 2.55 ERA overall and a 2.25 ERA down the stretch after being acquired by the Braves in the Mark Teixeira deal. The veteran lefty is expected to get a deal in the 3-year $12 million range on the open market and has already drawn interest from quite a few teams including the Yankees. By offering Mahay arbitration, the Braves are assured that if they fail to re-sign him, they will be compensated with a sandwich pick in next year's June Draft. Frank Wren may still be able to retain Mahay if he wants to fork over the cash, otherwise he'll be looking for another left-hander out of the pen at the winter meetings next week to go along with Royce Ring. By not offering arbitration to Jones, his tenure in Atlanta is officially over. The small chance that the Gold Glove center fielder would return to Atlanta on a 1-year deal is no more. A Boras client, Jones would have risked having to spend upwards of $15 million had they offered arbitration and taking that chance for a sandwich pick just wouldn't have been wise. There are a couple of trade options out there but as of now the competition for the starting center field job next season will be between Gregor Blanco, Josh Anderson, and Jordan Schafer. I've got one more joyful note from today's transactions. This one however has nothing to do with the Braves. While Atlanta has been taking strides to improve their chances next season, Omar Minaya continued what has been a horrible start to the off-season by trading Lastings Milledge to the Nationals for Brian Schneider and Ryan Church. In Schneider, the team picks up a pretty good defensive catcher who can't hit worth a lick, while Church is a decent corner outfielder. Milledge however is seven years younger than Church and at the very least should be able to put up similar numbers with a ceiling that is much higher. Congratulations to Omar Minaya and the Mets for on this early favorite for worst trade of the off-season.
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