Making no offers they can’t refuse

It’s 7:30 a.m. and I’ve already been exposed to the most disturbing sight of the day: A bus driver talking on her cell phone.

Focus, lady, focus.

Today is also the day that teams must decide whether to offer arbitration to their free agents, which could lead to extra draft picks if those players decline and sign elsewhere.

Unless there’s been a drastic change that nobody anticipated, the Orioles won’t be offering it to Melvin Mora, Mark Hendrickson, Danys Baez or Chad Moeller.

Mora is a Type B free agent, so the Orioles would receive a supplemental pick if he declined. However, he’d most likely accept it, and they’re not willing to take that gamble.

Hendrickson and Moeller are expected to re-sign with the Orioles at a later date unless they’re overwhelmed by another offer.

Here’s the updated list of free agents and their designations, courtesy of mlbtraderumors.

I sent out a few text messages last night, seeking confirmation that special assistant Wayne Krivsky had accepted a job with the New York Mets. I received one from inside the organization almost immediately, and another from outside the organization at 4:13 a.m.

Krivsky will work under Mets general manager Omar Minaya, which on the surface would appear to be a lateral move, though his exact duties haven’t been outlined. Wayne-Krivsky.jpgNeither club has publicly confirmed the hiring, but the Mets should do so later today.

Krivsky is almost certain to have increased responsibilities with the Mets. He assisted in contract negotiations and player evaluations with the Orioles, but seemed to be underutilized.

He was executive vice president and GM of the Reds (he acquired Josh Hamilton in the Rule 5 draft and traded for Edinson Volquez and Brandon Phillips) before serving as Minaya’s special assistant in 2008.

He filled an important role in Baltimore, but it didn’t satisfy him. Andy MacPhail runs the show here, and I’m sure Krivsky wants to have more of a voice in the day-to-day operations.

It will be interesting to see how quickly MacPhail brings in someone else to replace Krivsky, especially with the winter meetings less than a week away. It would appear that director of baseball operations Matt Klentak has become even more valuable to the organization.

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