Non-tender candidates for each team

Now that we’ve updated our values for the year, we noticed that many established major leaguers who are in their control years (and a few whose teams have contract options on them) are projected to have negative values – in other words, their field value figures to be less than their salary. And for many teams, that means they are likely to be non-tendered, or have their options declined.

Granted, not all of these cases are clear. Some contending teams may be just fine sticking with a player who projects to have enough field value to help the team win, even if he costs a bit more than he should. (These are mostly contract-option situations, like Eric Thames in Milwaukee, Julio Teheran in Atlanta, or Yan Gomes in Washington.)

Others may be cases where the salary is still relatively low, so even if the player underperforms it (and presuming he provides some value either on the field or, intangibly, in the clubhouse), he might be worth keeping around just for continuity (like Josh Phegley in Oakland). This is especially true for marginal players – backup catchers, utility infielders, fourth outfielders, and middle relievers – and even more so if they have minor-league options remaining.

But most teams today are highly conscious of value – no one likes to waste money that could otherwise be spent more productively. So a large majority of players on this list are unlikely to be tendered a contract for 2020; many will then be cut loose by their teams and free to sign deals elsewhere if offered.

Here’s our list of projected 2020 non-tender candidates for each team:



Probably no surprises here.

Luke Bard, RHRP

Justin Bour, 1B/DH (Outrighted 10/28/19)

Kaleb Cowart, UTIL (Outrighted 10/28/19)

Luis Garcia, RHRP (Outrighted 10/28/19)

Kevan Smith, C

Nick Tropeano, SP (Outrighted 10/28/19)



Biagini and Sanchez were acquired in trade at the 2019 deadline, but Sanchez is hurt yet again and Biagini was not terribly effective. Chris Devenski has also seen better days.

Joe Biagini, RHRP

Chris Devenski, RHRP

Jake Marisnick, OF

Aaron Sanchez, SP



Profar has been a major disappointment, after the A’s acquired him in a (what was for them) significant trade; the other three have also underwhelmed.

Ryan Buchter, LHRP

Robbie Grossman, OF

Josh Phegley, C

Jurickson Profar, 2B/OF


Blue Jays:

The inclusion of Tepera here may surprise some, but he’s getting expensive and he was ineffective after his return from injury. Stewart is looking like a waiver-wire journeyman at this point.

Brandon Drury, 3B/2B

Ryan Dull, RHRP (DFA’d 10/29/19)

Thomas Pannone, LHRP

Justin Shafer, RHRP

Matt Shoemaker, SP

Brock Stewart, RHRP (outrighted 10/31/19)

Ryan Tepera, RHRP (DFA’d 11/4/19)



We’ve included Hamilton and Teheran here to note that their contract options should not be picked up based on pure valuation, as both are underwater.

Charlie Culberson, UTIL

Billy Hamilton, OF* (option declined 10/31/19)

John Ryan Murphy, C

Julio Teheran, SP* (option declined 11/4/19)



The big surprise names here are Nelson and Arcia, and we’ve included Thames to note that his option may not be picked up.

Chase Anderson, SP (traded 11/4/19)

Orlando Arcia, SS

Tyler Austin, 1B (outrighted 11/1/19)

Jake Faria, RHRP

Junior Guerra, RHRP

Jimmy Nelson, SP

Tyler Saladino, UTIL

Cory Spangenberg, UTIL (outrighted 11/1/19)

Eric Thames, 1B* (option declined 11/4/19)



Dominic Leone, RHRP

Mike Mayers, RHRP (DFA’d 11/1/19)

Rangel Ravelo, 1B



Tony Barnette, RHRP (option declined on 11/4/19)

David Phelps, RHRP (option declined on 11/4/19)

Allen Webster, RHRP



The big surprises here are Lamb and Souza, both of whom have been derailed by injuries.

Stefan Chrichton, RHRP

Caleb Joseph, C

Jake Lamb, 1B

Steven Souza, OF



Alexander and Garcia have shown flashes, but have largely underwhelmed.

Scott Alexander, LHRP

Yimi Garcia, RHRP

Kristopher Negron, UTIL

Casey Sadler, RHRP

Tyler White, 1B



The Giants may choose to keep Pillar just to fill the CF hole; maybe they don’t care that he’s underwater. Ditto for Barraclough.

Kyle Barraclough, RHRP (DFA’d 10/30/19)

Ryder Jones, 3B (released 11/7/19)

Wandy Peralta, LHRP

Kevin Pillar, OF

Joey Rickard, OF

Burch Smith, RHRP



It would appear time to move on from Salazar and Cole, among others.

A.J. Cole, RHRP (outrighted 11/4/19)

Mike Freeman, UTIL

Phil Maton, RHRP

Tyler Olson, LHRP (outrighted 11/4/19)

Adam Plutko, SP

Jefry Rodriguez, SP

Danny Salazar, SP (outrighted 11/4/19)



Santana and Healy have both fallen off a cliff, as has LeBlanc, who is included here because his option should not be picked up.

Tim Beckham, SS

Chasen Bradford, RHRP (outrighted 10/28/19)

Keon Broxton, OF (released 10/29/19)

Ryon Healy, 1B (outrighted 10/28/19)

Wade LeBlanc, SP* (option declined 10/31/19)

Connor Sadzeck, RHRP (outrighted 10/28/19)

Domingo Santana, OF

Matt Wisler, RHRP (waived and claimed by the Twins 10/28/19)



Conley once had some trade value; not anymore.

Adam Conley, LHRP

Tayron Guerrero, RHRP

Elieser Hernandez, SP

Tyler Kinley, RHRP



My goodness, the Mets sure have a bunch of underwhelming right-handed relievers. Time for a fire sale! Throwing in Panik as a bonus.

Tyler Bashlor, RHRP

Chris Flexen, RHRP

Donnie Hart, RHRP (outrighted 11/1/19)

Corey Oswalt, SP

Joe Panik, 2B (outrighted 11/1/19)

Paul Sewald, RHRP



We’ve included Gomes here only because we think his contract option should not be picked up, and Taylor isn’t worth his salary either.

Wilmer Difo, UTIL

Roenis Elias, LHRP

Sam Freeman, LHRP (released 11/7/19)

Yan Gomes, C* (Option declined 11/2/19)

Javy Guerra, RHRP

Adrian Sanchez, UTIL

Hunter Strickland, RHRP

Michael A. Taylor, OF



Well, I suppose the O’s are going to need to keep some of these guys just so they have some warm bodies to put out there.

Shawn Armstrong, RHRP

Richard Bleier, LHRP

Aaron Brooks, SP

Miguel Castro, RHRP

David Hess, SP

Branden Kline, RHRP

Dwight Smith, Jr., OF

Stevie Wilkerson, OF

Asher Wocjiechowski, SP

Austin Wynns, C

Gabriel Ynoa, RHRP (released 11/7/19)



Poor Carl Edwards has seen better days.

Carl Edwards, Jr., RHRP (outrighted 11/4/19)

Brett Kennedy, SP (outrighted 10/31/19)

Aaron Loup, LHRP (option declined 10/31/19)

Luis Torrens, C



Half of the Phillies’ infield regulars are here; both are expensive disappointments now. Vargas’ contract option should also not be picked up; and the Nick Williams era appears to have finally run its course.

Jose Alvarez, LHRP

Maikel Franco, 3B

Cesar Hernandez, 2B

Andrew Knapp, C

Blake Parker, RHRP (outrighted 11/4/19)

Jose Pirela, 2B (released 11/1/19)

Edubray Ramos, RHRP (outrighted 11/4/19)

Jason Vargas, SP* (option declined 11/4/19)

Nick Williams, OF



We’re only including Archer here to indicate that his contract option should not be picked up, if we’re acting rationally.

Chris Archer, SP*

Elias Diaz, C

Geoff Hartlieb, RHRP

Parker Markel, RHRP (traded on 10/31/19)

Alex McRae, RHRP

Yefry Ramirez, RHRP (released 11/7/19)

Yacksel Rios, RHRP

Chris Stratton, RHRP



Time to bid adieu to the Nomar Mazara era – he’s just never produced, and now he’s getting pricey.

Jesse Biddle, LHRP  (outrighted 10/31/19)

Ariel Jurado, SP

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, C

Nomar Mazara, OF

Adrian Sampson, SP

Jeffrey Springs, LHRP



Hoby Milner, LHRP (outrighted 10/31/19)


Red Sox:

Brasier and Hembree helped the team win the World Series in 2018. Nothing much left here now.

Ryan Brasier, RHRP

Heath Hembree, RHRP

Brian Johnson, LHRP

Sandy Leon, C

Hector Velazquez, RHRP

Ryan Weber, RHRP

Steven Wright, SP (update: released on 10/18)



After getting off to a torrid start, Dietrich fell off a cliff and will likely be looking at another non-tender. Gausman was already cut loose once.

Derek Dietrich, 1B (outrighted 11/4/19)

Kyle Farmer, C

Kevin Gausman, RHRP/SP

Sal Romano, SP

Jackson Stephens, RHRP (outrighted 11/4/19)



Chad Bettis, SP (outrighted on 10/30/19)

D.J. Johnson, RHRP (update: released on 10/23/19)

Wes Parsons, RHRP

Pat Valaika, UTIL (DFA’d on 10/29/19)



Fun fact: Fillmyer and Hahn were traded from the A’s for Ryan Buchter, and now all of them are non-tender candidates.

Humberto Arteaga, UTIL

Jacob Barnes, RHRP (DFA’d on 11/4/19)

Heath Fillmyer, RHRP

Jesse Hahn, SP

Jorge Lopez, SP

Kevin McCarthy, RHRP

Mike Montgomery, SP

Jake Newberry, RHRP

Ryan O’Hearn, 1B

Glenn Sparkman, SP

Meibrys Viloria, C



Harold Castro, 2B

Jose Cisnero, RHRP

Brandon Dixon, 1B/OF

Grayson Greiner, C

John Hicks, C/1B (DFA’d on 10/24/19)

Zac Reininger, RHRP (outrighted as of 10/23/19)

Ronny Rodriguez, UTIL

Daniel Stumpf, RHRP (DFA’d on 10/24/129)

Drew VerHagen, RHRP



Poor C.J. Cron looks like he’s facing a non-tender situation yet again.

C.J. Cron, 1B

Trevor Hildenberger, RHRP


White Sox:

We’ve included Colome here to note that his contract option should not be picked up, although it probably will be.

Manny Banuelos, SP

Alex Colome, RHRP*

Ryan Cordell, OF (released 11/7/19)

Jimmy Cordero, RHRP

Dylan Covey, SP

Carson Fulmer, SP

Leury Garcia, UTIL

Evan Marshall, RHRP

Josh Osich, LHRP (DFA’d 10/31/19)

Daniel Palka, OF

Jose Ruiz, RHRP



One former top prospect is at risk here.

Chance Adams, RHRP

Nestor Cortes, Jr., LHRP


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  1. John Bitzer

    And… the first ax has fallen, as Steven Wright has been released by the Red Sox.

  2. Michael Kenny

    I wouldn’t be all that surprised if the White sox non-tendered Yolmer Sánchez. He might win the Gold Glove at second, but he’s got no bat to speak of. He’d be a good utility infielder candidate, but not at his $6.2M projected salary.

    • John Bitzer

      Agreed. We have his median trade value at 0.2, which means he’s well within the margin of error for a non-tender. There may not be much trade interest in him due to the fact that he’s out of options, in addition to his weak bat and the fact that there are always cheaper options at 2B. Still, the glove may interest someone as a defensive bench player, which is why we have him just above the zero line of trade value.

  3. John Bitzer

    Four of the Angels players on our list above were outrighted: Justin Bour, Luis Garcia, Kaleb Cowart and Nick Tropeano.

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