Monday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration-eligible players. Any player who has not been tendered by midnight ET at the end of Monday will become a free agent and will be able to sign with any of the 30 teams. Here is a rundown of some relevant players who have been non-tendered by their teams and will thus become free agents.
The Chicago Cubs have non-tendered relief pitcher Daniel Bard, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago. The 28-year-old Bard was one of the top set-up men in baseball for the Boston Red Sox in 2010 and 2011, when he posted a 2.62 ERA in 147⅔ innings combined between the two seasons while striking out 150 batters and allowing just 91 hits. However, after a failed transition to the starting rotation, a perplexing loss of control and a series of injuries, the Red Sox gave up on Bard and placed him on waivers. He was claimed by the Cubs on Sept. 4. Bard appeared in one game in the majors in 2013, throwing one inning for the Red Sox and allowing one run on a hit and two talks. MLB Trade Rumors estimates his 2014 salary at $1.86 million.
The St. Louis Cardinals non-tendered relief pitcher John Axford, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While with the Milwaukee Brewers, Axford was one of the best closers in the game in 2010 and 2011, posting a 2.19 ERA with 70 saves while striking out more than 10 batters per nine innings during that time. Axford's ERA skyrocketed to 4.67 the following year despite striking out a career-best 12.1 batters per nine. After being traded to the Cardinals on Aug. 30 of last season, the 30-year-old Canadian found his form, striking out 11 batters in 10⅓ innings while posting a 1.74 ERA. MLBTR estimates Axford will be in line to make $5.7 million in 2014.
The Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered catcher J.P. Arencibia, per MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo. Arencibia is truly a throwback to the 1980s; the 27-year-old backstop has 21, 18 and 23 home runs in his last three seasons but owns a paltry .258 career on-base percentage. He has struck out 400 times in his big-league career while drawing only 74 walks in 1,392 plate appearances. MLBTR projects Arencibia will earn $2.8 million in 2014.
The Kansas City Royals have non-tendered second baseman Chris Getz. The 30-year-old appeared in 332 games for the Royals over the last four seasons, racking up a batting line of .248/.305/.295 (66 OPS+) with one home run and roughly average defense at second. Among Royals fans, he often served as a symbol of GM Dayton Moore's inexplicable obsession with replacement-level players; he often received more playing time than his paltry skills seemed to warrant. However, Emilio Bonifacio was tendered by the team and figured to get first crack at second base next season. MLBTR estimates his 2014 salary at $1.3 million.
The Tampa Bay Rays have non-tendered outfielder Sam Fuld, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Fuld batted .199/.270.267 last season, which was his third with the Rays after being acquired from the Cubs as part of the package for Matt Garza in 2011. The 32-year-old's best season came in 2011, when his decent 673 OPS, 20 stolen bases, and strong defense allowed him to rack up 2.1 WAR according to Baseball-Reference. Fuld's playing style endeared him to fans in Tampa, as evidenced by his excessively extensive Wikipedia page. MLBTR estimates his 2014 salary at $900,000.
The Arizona Diamondbacks non-tendered starting pitcher Daniel Hudson, according to Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith. Hudson missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old right-hander posted a 3.49 ERA while striking out 6.9 batters per nine innings and walking 2.0 in 2011, his last full season. MLBTR projects Hudson to make $1.1 million in 2014.
Angels non-tender four players
The Los Angeles Angels non-tendered starting pitchers Jerome Williams and Tommy Hanson, reliever J.C. Gutierrez and infielder Chris Nelson, according to multiple reports. Williams made 46 starts in three seasons in Anaheim and posted a 4.46 ERA with 6.0 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings. Hanson, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves for Jordan Walden before the season, battled through injuries en route to a career-worst 5.42 ERA in 13 starts. Gutierrez made 53 total appearances in 2013 with the Angels and Royals, posting a 4.23 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 20 walks in 55⅓ innings. He was designated for assignment by the club earlier in the offseason. Nelson, a first-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2004, spent time with three teams last season and hit a combined .227/.273/.327 in 227 plate appearances. MLBTR estimated 2014 salaries: Williams ($3.9 million), Hanson ($3.9 million), Gutierrez ($1.1 million), Nelson ($1 million).
Braves non-tender three players
The Braves have non-tendered three players: infielders Elliot Johnson and Paul Janish, and pitcher Cristhian Martinez. Johnson, who will turn 30 in March, was selected off of waivers from the Royals in August; he batted .261/.317/.359 for Atlanta after joining the team, and went 1-for-14 with a triple in the NLDS. He can play nearly any position on the diamond except for pitcher and catcher, and, in 2013, appeared at second, third, short, left and right, though he played primarily at second base. Janish, acquired from the Reds last winter, batted .171/.222/.220 in 45 plate appearances in 2013; although he has played mostly shortstop during his career and excelled at the position, he was used as a third baseman in Atlanta. Martinez was an effective right-handed reliever for Atlanta in 2011 and 2012, but he underwent shoulder surgery in 2013 and appeared in only two major league games. MLBTR estimates the following 2014 salaries: Johnson ($900,000), Janish ($725,000), and Martinez ($750,000).
Mets non-tender three players
The New York Mets have non-tendered three players: outfielder Jordany Valdespin (via Adam Rubin of ESPN), reliever Scott Atchison (via Rubin), and shortstop Omar Quintanilla (via Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger). Valdespin, 25, had a whirlwind season in 2013 which unfortunately had more downs than ups. His crowning moments included a walk-off grand slam against the Dodgers and a pinch-hit homer off of Philadelphia's Jonathan Papelbon, but the negatives included a .188/.250/.316 line, a negative WAR value, a 50-game Biogenesis suspension, and a public confrontation with manager Terry Collins. The 31-year-old Quintanilla played in 95 games last season, mostly at shortstop, but the Mets appear ready to move forward with either Ruben Tejada or a free agent replacement; Quintanilla batted .222/.306/.283 in 2013. Atchison, 37, appeared in 50 games last season, posting a 4.37 ERA in 45⅓ innings. The right-hander has pitched for several years with a partially torn UCL in his elbow, reports Castillo. MLBTR 2014 salary estimates: Valdespin (not arbitration-eligible), Quintanilla ($900,000), Atchison ($1.3 million).
Yankees non-tender three players
The New York Yankees have non-tendered three players: infielders Jayson Nix and David Adams, and reliever Matt Daley, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Nix, who hit .236/.308/.311 in 303 plate appearances last season, was made expendable by the Yankees' signing of free-agent shortstop Brendan Ryan. Adams, another utility infielder, hit .193/.252/.286 as a 25-year-old in his first big-league season. Daley struck out eight batters without issuing a walk in six innings for the Yankees. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 2.02 ERA with 74 strikeouts and 10 walks in 53⅓ minor-league frames. Daley has had MLB success in the past, particularly in 2009, when he struck out 55 batters and walked 18 in 51 innings with the Rockies. MLBTR estimates Nix's 2014 salary at $1.4 million. Adams and Daley are still in the pre-arbitration phase.
Indians non-tender three players
The Cleveland Indians non-tendered catcher Lou Marson, outfielder Matt Carson and starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd, tweets Jesse Spector of the Sporting News. Marson, who was acquired by Cleveland in the Cliff Lee trade in 2009, appeared in only three big-league games last season as a result of injuries. He has hit .219/.309/.299 in parts of six MLB seasons. Carson had seven hits in 11 at-bats for the Indians in 2013 but is a career .237/.257/.356 hitter who is on the wrong side of 30. Cloyd has not appeared in a game for Cleveland; the 26-year-old right-hander posted a 6.56 ERA in 13 games -- 11 starts -- for the Philadelphia Phillies before being claimed off of waivers by the Tribe on Oct. 2. Carson and Cloyd are not arbitration-eligible, but Marson is projected by MLBTR to make $1 million in 2014.
Red Sox non-tender two players
The Boston Red Sox non-tendered relief pitcher Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Kalish, reports Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. Bailey, 29, was acquired by Boston prior to the 2012 season to be the team's closer. He saved only 14 games in a Red Sox uniform while posting a 4.91 ERA in 44 innings across two injury-plagued seasons, the latest of which ended with shoulder surgery. Kalish has dealt with his own rash of injuries since debuting as a 22-year-old in 2010. He has hit .243/.293/.351 in 282 big-league plate appearances but did not play at all in 2013 and appeared in only 24 games -- all in the minors -- in 2011. MLBTR estimates Bailey's 2014 salary at $4.3 million. Kalish is not arbitration-eligible.
Marlins non-tender two players
The Miami Marlins non-tendered relief pitcher Ryan Webb and outfielder Chris Coghlan, the team announced. Webb posted a 2.91 ERA in 80⅓ innings in 2013 after struggling to a career-worst 4.03 ERA in the previous season. The 27-year-old right-hander boasts well-above-average ground-ball numbers to counteract his relatively low strikeout rate. Coghlan, 28, has been in a steep decline since winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2009. He hit .256/.318/.354 while spending time at five different positions last season. MLBTR estimates a $1.5 million salary for Webb and $800,000 for Coghlan in 2014.
Orioles non-tender two players
The Baltimore Orioles non-tendered right-handed pitcher Eddie Gamboa and outfielder Jason Pridie, the team announced. Gamboa, 28, has yet to appear in a big-league game after spending six seasons in the Orioles organization. He has a career 3.37 ERA in 584⅓ minor-league innings and was recently converted into a full-time starter. Pridie, 30, had two hits in 10 plate appearances for Baltimore in 2013. He's a career .228/.302/.371 hitter in limited major-league time. Neither player is arbitration-eligible.
Cubs non-tender two players
The Chicago Cubs non-tendered infielder Mat Gamel and relief pitcher Chang-Yong Lim, according to multiple reports. Gamel, acquired by the Cubs in October on a waiver claim from the Brewers, has not appeared in a game at any level since 2012, when he hit .246/.293/.348 in 75 plate appearances. The oft-injured 28-year-old owns a .304/.376/.498 minor-league line. Lim, a 37-year-old native of South Korea, posted a 5.40 ERA in six games for the Cubs in 2013. He is not arbitration-eligible, but MLBTR projects Gamel to make $500,000 in 2014.
Rockies non-tender Boggs
The Colorado Rockies non-tendered relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs, the team announced. Boggs had several productive years in the Cardinals' bullpen, including 2012, when he finished with a 2.21 ERA in 73⅓ innings. St. Louis attempted to move Boggs into the closer role in 2013 and it backfired; the 29-year-old right-hander owned an 11.05 ERA before being demoted and subsequently acquired by Colorado. MLBTR estimates Boggs' 2014 salary at $1.5 million.
Dodgers non-tender Belisario
The Los Angeles Dodgers non-tendered relief pitcher Ronald Belisario on Monday, reports ESPN Los Angeles. A four-year veteran, Belisario came into the league on a high note when, as a rookie, he pitched in 69 games for the Dodgers and posted a 2.04 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. A 5.02 ERA the next year kept him out of the majors in 2011 before coming back in 2012 with another excellent season. In 77 appearances in 2013, he had a 3.97 ERA with career-worst WHIP of 1.47. Belisario received $1.45 million for his contributions last year and is projected by MLBTR to earn $2.3 million in 2014.