Reitsma was never going to get an offer; the system simply isn’t set up to deal with players coming off of injury, which guarantees that they will leave.
This Marcus thing is ridiculous. The risk of offering arbitration and not being able to trade him is not $6 million (the number that was getting bandied about) but more like $1.5 million, if that. Arbitration contracts are not guaranteed. If he can’t be traded, you can cut him in spring training and only have to pay him six weeks’ salary. And you don’t have to pay him at all until the season starts. It’s stupid, but is pretty much the same thing that happened with Millwood, except that quality starting pitchers are always a hot commodity. You don’t have to worry about paying them until the season starts and Schuerholz really has no reply.
As JC mentions, the problem with trading Marcus is that his salary and value are pretty much the same. You aren’t going to give up anything to get a $6 million player at $6 million a year.