In news we expected, Troy Percival will have surgery on his back today and plans to be ready by opening day per The Heater. This pretty much dashes any hopes of Percival retiring and freeing up $4 million dollars in salary for 2009. He will have the surgery in California.
He will have the surgery done by specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in California and if all goes well is expected to be throwing off a mound by early March.
Percival will turn 40 next season and is coming off a poor injury filled 2008 season. I can only expect more of the same in 2009.
There was some good news last night as Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell and Adam Dunn were not offered arbitration. The Rays would not lose a draft pick if they were to sign here. The Yankees declined arbitration to Jason Giambi, but that was expected. As for projected targets: Milton Bradley, Brian Shouse, Dennys Reyes and Raul Ibanez, they were all offered arbitration from their current teams.