Dewayne Wise, Brian Tallet Hit free Agency

Dewayne Wise and Brian Tallet are free agents after refusing outright assignments to Triple-A Las Vegas, the Blue Jays announced. The A's just claimed Edwin Encarnacion off of waivers, so the Blue Jays' once-massive class of arbitration eligible players is now down to 11. Like Encarnacion, Wise and Tallet were non-tender candidates, so it's not surprising to see either player hit the free agent market.

Wise, 32, played all three outfield positions for Cito Gaston's Blue Jays in 2010. He batted .250/.282/.393 in 118 plate appearances.

Tallet is effective against lefties, but he earned $2MM in 2010 and was getting expensive through arbitration. The 33-year-old pitched to a 6.40 ERA wtih 6.2 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 2010. Against left-handed hitters, Tallet posted 8.6 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9, so I listed him as one of five potential bargain lefties last month.

22 Responses to Dewayne Wise, Brian Tallet Hit free Agency Leave a Reply

  1. Come on Cards!!!! You better Tallet!

  2. baseballz 5 years ago

    Tallet will go to the NL and I’m sure will turn into a pretty good SP. He was very good as a starter for the Jays, though he did have a tendency to get bombed by some teams he was very good when he was on. I wish him the best though

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      He wasn’t as bad as people make him sound, but he really wasn’t that good.

    • briantalletsmoustache 5 years ago

      When Tallet had that game in which he was throwing a no-hitter through six, someone (Keith Law?) started joking about having to write an article called “The worst pitchers to throw a no-hitter”.

      • Unfortunately, six innings of brilliance do not make up for a tenure of failure.

  3. yankee2195 5 years ago

    You would think a person with the last name tallet would actually have tallent…the irony

  4. PJaysW 5 years ago

    i think the Jays would be wise to bring Tallet back, who held left handed hitters to something like a .176 average, and use him as a left-handed specialist. The is no chance Farrell uses him in the same capacity the previous manager, who is already a distant memory, did, like for three consecutive innings, late in close games.

    • Alex 5 years ago

      Upwards of $2MM for a lefty specialist is pretty expensive, wouldn’t you say? Keeping Tallet and going to arb would cost at least that much.

      • iains 5 years ago

        Doesn’t necessarily mean the Jays won’t try to resign him. See Dirk Hayhurst and Raul Chavez

  5. TheodoreRoosevelt 5 years ago

    Shame to see Dewayne Wise go, but he is worthy of a bench spot. Small market teams could do a lot worse having Wise lead-off. I was reasonably impressed with his quiet production (especially defensively) while a Jay.

    • He’ll be signed in no time. He’s a good backup outfielder.

      Also, he saved Mark Buehrle’s perfect game, which should get him a contract anyways.

      • rockfordone 5 years ago

        Never forget “the catch” Dewey – Sox should sign him. Take 400k from Manny’s fund.

        • Probably, contextually speaking, one of the greatest catches of all time.

  6. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    I hope Wise is re-signed. He’s a decent 4th outfielder.

    Not really sad to see you go Tallet.

  7. wise was a good backup. if he’s willing to take low pay again i wouldn’t mind seeing him back. tallet @ best posted a 4+ ERA, he was nothing more then a backup starter or a long man. he wouldn’t implode much but wouldn’t blow you away either. just what NL is built for. GL tallet/wise.

  8. BPFlyers 5 years ago

    Wise is a good option as a 4th OF in someones system. I wish the Phillies would have kept him around last year. Tallet might be a possibility for the Phils as a left-handed specialist out of the pen, but could be too expensive at a 2 mil price tag.

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