Duchscherer declines arbitration from A’s

Just a quick update that Justin Duchscherer officially declined an offer of arbitration from the A’s, according to his agent Damon Lapa. The A’s can continue to negotiate with him as he’s a free agent. But since he’s a Type B free agent, they will be compensated with a sandwich pick in next year’s draft (between the first and second rounds) if he signs with another club.

If Duchscherer doesn’t get any offers to his liking from other teams, talks with the A’s could pick up again. The A’s would use him as a starter since that’s where their greatest pitching need is, and Duchscherer’s made no secret he wants to start …

Joe Stiglich