A's offer arbitration to Rincon, not to Durazo, Dotel

DALLAS -- The Oakland Athletics offered salary arbitration to left-handed reliever Ricardo Rincon on Wednesday, but likely parted ways with first baseman Scott Hatteberg and designated hitter Erubiel Durazo.

Rincon went 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA last season, appearing in 67 games. He has until Dec. 19 to accept the offer, though he is expected to reject it.

The A's also declined to offer arbitration to right-hander Octavio Dotel and catcher Alberto Castillo. The four players who didn't receive an arbitration offer can't re-sign with Oakland until May 1.

Hatteberg had been with the A's since 2002, hitting 49 homers and getting 263 RBI. The A's earlier declined a contract option for 2006 on Hatteberg, preferring to stick with Dan Johnson at first base.

Durazo showed flashes of brilliance during three seasons with Oakland, but was limited to 41 games last year, going on the disabled list in late May with an elbow injury.He hit 47 homers and drove in 181 runs with the A's.

Dotel had reconstructive elbow surgery in June against the
advice of doctors who thought he should rehabilitate his injury.
The A's former closer, who lost his job to AL Rookie of the Year
Huston Street, will be sidelined for at least a full year after the