No offer to Eckstein
Cards did not offer arbitration to Eckstein.
They are still free to negotiate with him, but that’s pretty much not going to happen. The only remaining way for him to come back that was conceivable at all was if they’d offered arb, and he’d accepted.
Personally, I think this is a misstep. If you offer him arbitration, you guarantee a draft pick if he leaves — and he’d be very likely to leave, since he seems to have zero interest in a one-year deal. And even if he accepts, what’s the downside? One year deal, go to arbitration, play him at second base. My concern with keeping him has never been dollars, but years.