I forgot Jason Repko

He is also eligible for arbitration. That makes four guys — Ethier, Martin, Broxton and Repko — that the Dodgers will go through the process with. Just a primer, the way it works is that the club will try to reach agreement with each of the four in advance of arbitration — that is what is known as “avoiding arbitration.” If a player doesn’t reach an agreement, he will exchange salary figures with the club, then go to a hearing in early February in Phoenix, where a three-person panel will choose either the club’s figure or the player’s figure, with no wiggle room in between. There is also a period between the exchanging of figures and the actual hearing when the two sides still can reach an agreement and avoid a hearing.

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Mario Alvarez was NOT arbitration-eligible …

… but he DID have an arm injury that was going to keep him out for all of 2009, and given that he was on the 40-man roster, he would have had to be on the big-league DL all year accruing big-league service time. This also clears a 40-man spot. Also, I just spoke with Ned, and he reiterated that the Dodgers are open to re-signing Saito and Berroa. If Saito ISN’T re-signed, the closer’s role could go to Broxton, Kuo, someone else in the organization or someone outside the organization. Even if Saito IS re-signed, he won’t necessarily be the closer.

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Dodgers non-tender five, including Takashi Saito

The others were Scott Proctor, Yhency Brazoban, Angel Berroa and a guy I had no idea was arbitration-eligible, Mario Alvarez. Anyway, the important thing to note is that all of these guys can still be re-signed. All this does is take them out of the arbitration loop, leaving only Martin, Ethier and Broxton. Haven’t spoken with anyone about this yet, so I should have more information when I do.

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