- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and C.J. Wilson have been offered salary arbitration, guaranteeing their teams two extra draft picks next year if they sign with new clubs.

Teams faced decisions on just seven Type A free agents as the Wednesday midnight EST deadline approached. A new club signing one of those players would lose a top pick in June’s amateur draft, and a team that offers arbitration and loses one of those players would receive two extra selections as compensation.

Pujols (St. Louis), Reyes (Mets) and Wilson (Texas) were given the offers, along with Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins. They have until Nov. 30 to accept.

The Phillies declined to offer arbitration to right-hander Roy Oswalt.

The other Type A free agents were Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder and Boston designated hitter David Ortiz.

Reliever Jonathan Papelbon, the eighth Type A player, already has left Boston to sign a $50 million, four-year deal with the Phillies. The Red Sox will receive draft-pick compensation for losing Papelbon.

San Diego offered arbitration to closer Heath Bell, who had been a Type A player but was reclassified under Tuesday’s labor deal. If he signs elsewhere, the Padres will gain two draft picks, but Bell’s new club won’t lose any. Philadelphia made an arbitration offer to reliever Ryan Madson, who is in the same category.

Also offered arbitration were Padres pitcher Aaron Harang, Chicago White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle, St. Louis right-hander Edwin Jackson and Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez.



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