Buried at the bottom of the article is this nugget:
"Club officials have several options if they choose to keep DeJesus.
They can simply exercise a $6 million option for next season which is, in effect, a $5.5 million option since the deal contains a $500,000 buyout.
They can decline the option, exercise the buyout, and offer arbitration in the hope that would cost the same or less. Doing that would enable DeJesus to decline arbitration and become a free agent but, if he does so, the Royals get those two draft picks in return."
Is/should this be entertained as a possibility for the Royals? The way Dutton describes the arbitration scenario, it's a win-win for the Royals--either they get another year of DDJ at a bit of a discount, or they get a supplemental draft pick if he walks. Dutton writes earlier in the article that this is predicated on DDJ being a Type A/B free agent.
Presuming DDJ doesn't get traded but does earn Type A or Type B status, should the Royals decline his buyout and offer him arbitration?
(I ask this in part because I am still not completely familiar with the difference in compensation between Type A and Type B free agents...but I'm also just curious what people think, since we've talked about DDJ a lot but I don't think arbitration has come up lately as a possibility)