American League Non-Tenders

This post will list all the American League players non-tendered today, but the best place to track all 200+ arbitration eligible players is our new non-tender tracker.


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daveineg
4 years 8 months ago

Just a guess, but I think the Cubs will go after Lopez to play 2B. In Wrigley, he’s a likely 25 HR bat.

MadisonMariner
4 years 8 months ago

Hmmm…what about Blake DeWitt? I don’t see them just relegating him to the bench, and I don’t think the players would want to platoon at 2B.

Now, if they have a plan to forego a free agent solution to their 1B vacancy and move Aramis Ramirez to 1B instead, Lopez would be a nice fit at 3B.

But I don’t see that happening. The Cubs will be more than willing to throw money at one of the many free agent 1B out there, and I’m sure they hope to land Adam Dunn.

Now, their cross town rivals in the AL, the White Sox, could really use help at 3B, unless they think Mark Teahan or Dayan Viciedo(or both) can handle it. I could see moving Viciedo to 1B, or using him as trade bait, then going after Lopez to play 3B(and using Teahan as a super utlity guy, which is the role he’s made for, really.)

Just a thought. :)

4 years 8 months ago

I believe Brent Morel will be their 2011 starter at 3B.

daveineg
4 years 8 months ago

As a Brewer fan, I’d love to see the Cubs have the completely mediocre DeWitt as an everyday player. Lopez was a 25 HR. 96 RBI guy in 2009. At just 27, there may be no better comeback player candidate than Lopez with the possible exception of Carlos Pena, who’s been linked to the Cubs.

DeWitt just is a guy and would give them insurance if Lopez doesn’t rebound, but he’s hardly the answer.

MadisonMariner
4 years 8 months ago

“Lopez was a 25 HR. 96 RBI guy in 2009.”

As an M’s fan, I love nothing more than when people cite home run and RBI totals from previous seasons to justify why a player is “due for a bounceback”/”worth a gamble”/insert cliche of choice.

2009 was the exception, not the norm, for Lopez. Could he have 1 decent season in him still? Sure, but that doesn’t make him the answer for anyone.

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

The Cubs really wanted Dewitt, he was a top prospect and he was absolutely rushed to the majors and hes learning how to play 2nd as he goes. I would take him back in a heartbeat.

myname_989
4 years 8 months ago

The fact that Okajima’s fastball is down to an average in the mid-80’s (albeit, it was never much faster) has to be a cause for some concern. Can’t see him being very effective when his fastball is hitting 86 MPH and his changeup is hitting 77 MPH. Then you factor in his HR/9, BB/9, decrease in K/9… Seems like he’s just about finished. I’d imagine a move to the National League is in order.

0bsessions
4 years 8 months ago

As you pointed out, his stuff was never all that impressive. He mostly rode by on his deceptive delivery. He’s one of those guys that, once you figure out his timing, he’s toast. The AL East figured him out in 2008, the rest of the AL started to get the picture in 2009.

Going forward, an NL stint might be what’s best for him simple for the fact he hasn’t faced any NL teams consistently enough.

Madraider
4 years 8 months ago

Yes, but won’t you miss Okajima Oki Doki?

0bsessions
4 years 8 months ago

Actually, I kind of will. It’s one of the most hilarious entrance themes I’ve ever encountered, second place goes to Matsuzaka using the opening theme to Street Fighter IV (Hearing him come in to the line “Innnndeeeestructible” the one time I saw him in ’09 was just hilariously ironic).

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

he reminds me a lot about Kazuhiro Sasaki (spelling wrong?) from the Mariners, he had that one pitch he called “the fang”, once they figured out how to hit it, he was never the same dominate pitcher and eventually disappeared into the sunset.

pedroiayouk
4 years 8 months ago

As a Sox fan, I have been able to watch Okajima pitch for the past 4 years. His fastball has always been 85-89 and straight. What made him great for his first couple years was that he had pinpoint aim with the fastball and an unbelievable splitter/changeup (as he called it). Righties just couldn’t hit it at all. However, he lost this pitch the past year+ and is now just average. He is left with a high80s fastball and an average curveball.

Its all about that one pitch. Same with Papelbon, he lost his splitter about 2 years ago and hasn’t been able to get it back. It sounds weird, but its true.

4 years 8 months ago

Just an FYI that unlike the usual B-Ref links the links on the player names in this post go to the source for the non-tender info.

Rawlsian
4 years 8 months ago

Jose Lopez possibly to the Mets? They need some pop but then again I’m not sure how great he is defensively at 2nd base and thats the only place the Mets could play him.

Rawlsian
4 years 8 months ago

Jose Lopez possibly to the Mets? They need some pop but then again I’m not sure how great he is defensively at 2nd base and thats the only place the Mets could play him.

4 years 8 months ago

Patiently waiting for Jeff Mathis and Brandon Wood to make this list.

S8P7W
4 years 8 months ago

You do know there is zero chance Mathis will be on this list, right?

AceGunderson
4 years 8 months ago

Isn’t Jeff Mathis penciled in as the starter for 2011? I honestly don’t know, but I thought Scioscia preferred him because of his D…could be wrong.

4 years 8 months ago

Mathis right now is the worst player ever to have 1000 PA… a .199 career BA, .265 OBP, .311 SLG%, and .576 OPS. Couple this with well below average defensive numbers, and the fact he made $1.3M last year and one has to wonder why he would be tendered a contract… at least I do. (Still patiently waiting).

AceGunderson
4 years 8 months ago

Wow, I didn’t realize his offensive numbers were that bad. I thought I’ve heard he’s at least a good defender and game caller…why else is he even on a major league roster?

AceGunderson
4 years 8 months ago

Wow, I didn’t realize his offensive numbers were that bad. I thought I’ve heard he’s at least a good defender and game caller…why else is he even on a major league roster?

suffern
4 years 8 months ago

Holy mother of Christmas trees, are you serious about the .199 BA? That’s insane!

4 years 8 months ago

Mathis right now is the worst player ever to have 1000 PA… a .199 career BA, .265 OBP, .311 SLG%, and .576 OPS. Couple this with well below average defensive numbers, and the fact he made $1.3M last year and one has to wonder why he would be tendered a contract… at least I do. (Still patiently waiting).

AceGunderson
4 years 8 months ago

Isn’t Jeff Mathis penciled in as the starter for 2011? I honestly don’t know, but I thought Scioscia preferred him because of his D…could be wrong.

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah because Napoli is your catcher right? NOT!!!

jt24
4 years 8 months ago

Whoah dude

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

Jays Fans, if any of you care, Dusty McGowan was resigned today to a 1 year deal worth $450,000 and has resumed throwing, so far pain free

iains
4 years 8 months ago

Any word on Litsch?

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

He hasn’t begun throwing yet, his surgery was in august, hip takes some time to heal and strengthen. He will be ready for spring training though as he can still keep his arm in shape so won’t fall too far behind..

iains
4 years 8 months ago

Saw his comment on twitter last night about wondering what his day would bring today. I imagine he’s a little bit worried.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

He’s probably worried about being non tendered… I think given his salary is 450,000 the Jays should just keep him around, he might be nice to have in the bullpen or back in case of injuries. He’s a good back rotation starter IMO

4 years 8 months ago

i really hope he makes some kind of comeback. whether it be reliever or starter, he was looking to finally turn the corner and then the injury happened.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

He’s probably worried about being non tendered… I think given his salary is 450,000 the Jays should just keep him around, he might be nice to have in the bullpen or back in case of injuries. He’s a good back rotation starter IMO

4 years 8 months ago

Bye bye Lopez! There are way too many other guys who will work harder.

They would have had to pay him a minimum of $2.2 million this year if the M’s kept him. Definitely not worth it.

Gurvir Nijjar
4 years 8 months ago

come on okijima sign with the blue jays

Gurvir Nijjar
4 years 8 months ago

come on okijima sign with the blue jays

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

nooo thanks.

0bsessions
4 years 8 months ago

C’mooooooon. He won’t cost you a draft pick or anything.

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

lol .. still nooo

moonraker45
4 years 8 months ago

lol .. still nooo

mikecarlucci
4 years 8 months ago

Wasn’t Brandon Wood a non-tender candidate at one point?

4 years 8 months ago

Well, he is not arbitration eligible but should be non-tendered just the same IMO since he is out of options.

mikecarlucci
4 years 8 months ago

Wasn’t Brandon Wood a non-tender candidate at one point?

brian310
4 years 8 months ago

patiently waiting on Bobby Jenks…

4 years 8 months ago

Jeff Mathis for Bobby Jenks?

brian310
4 years 8 months ago

o no I meant i was waiting on him getting non-tendered but it happenend earlier

cookmeister
4 years 8 months ago

i read on ESPN that he is going to be non-tendered

airohpue13
4 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see Lopez in a Tigers uniform. I doubt it would happen though, Tigers seem inclined to go with the cheap option and give Sizemore and Rhymes a chance, at least when Guillen hits the DL.

raffish
4 years 8 months ago

Do you like watching players ground out on the first pitch three times in one game? Sometimes he pops out, too. I didn’t mean to paint him as a one tool player.

raffish
4 years 8 months ago

Do you like watching players ground out on the first pitch three times in one game? Sometimes he pops out, too. I didn’t mean to paint him as a one tool player.

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

I see Lopez going to the Royals, not for his possible home runs but the fact he will probably only cost them 900K. See also Pirates,Pittsburgh

4 years 8 months ago

I see Colorado or Arizona. He could play 2nd for the Rockies and Third for Arizona after Reynolds is traded. Both are great hitters parks and could help him establish value.

woadude
4 years 8 months ago

If he was going to an NL team it wouldnt be Arizona, they arent trading Reynolds, and Colorado wouldnt like him, he screams Royals and the NL team would be the Pirates.

PDR297
4 years 8 months ago

JACK CUST NOOO!

Carter2Taylor2Cardenas2Weeks
4 years 8 months ago

I don’t like the move by itself but if Billy signs Beltre and a one of Matsui/Vlad/Manny/Berkman(i guess) then I’m ok with it.

4 years 8 months ago

I think Beltre and Cust would have been better then any of the other DH options you listed. ;/

Carter2Taylor2Cardenas2Weeks
4 years 8 months ago

nah, i’d take Vlad, Manny and Godzilla over him

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

I still don’t understand the A’s interest in Beltre with that hefty price tag. Take Beltre’s Seattle numbers and that’s the best you’ll get out of him in Oakland.

How is that worth $10M more per year than Kevin Kouzmanoff?

wickedkevin
4 years 8 months ago

Cust needs to leave Oakland.

coachofall
4 years 8 months ago

He tried last year and nobody wanted him….really doubt anything has changed

not_brooks
4 years 8 months ago

Cust would have been a decent fit in Chicago had they missed on Adam Dunn.

At this point, the only other destination I can think of is Baltimore, but they don’t have much room unless they trade Luke Scott.

layziedes11
4 years 8 months ago

Already been there, done that with Cust. He was terrible with the O’s the first time.

I can still picture it right now. 12th inning, Cust on first as the tying run against the Yanks. Shot to the gap & Cust makes it all the way around third…& promptly falls flat on his butt. Caught in a rundown, the ball is thrown back to third with absolutely nobody covering home. So what’s he do with a clear shot to score? Falls flat on his face, AGAIN!!! Man I wanted to punch him in the nuts when he did that. Everybody around me was rolling laughing at him. Even worse the next day as they showed it on SC over & over & over. So yeah, no thank you to him & yes to Scott.

4 years 8 months ago

Aceves? Seriously? Over Mitre? I don’t get it

jwredsox
4 years 8 months ago

aceves hurt himself in a motorcycle accident recently

4 years 8 months ago

And according to reports he’d only miss a few weeks. The guy wasn’t even arbitration eligible

YanksFanSince78
4 years 8 months ago

“The Yanks announced this afternoon that Aceves had surgery to fix a broken left clavicle yesterday. The righty injured his collar bone in a bike accident in Mexico. Aceves, says the team, will need three months for rehab, and thus, an early March return will put him a few weeks behind schedule”.

That means he won’t be able to begin his “spring training” really until March and he probably would start the season on the DL and he still has the back issues.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah I would prefer to bring back both over Mitre. Aceves just had surgery for a broken left clavicle and won’t be ready at the start of the season so between that and the bad back maybe they didn’t want to spend a roster spot on him. Mosley is repped by Cliff Lee’s agent and while he won’t have any effect on negotiations it would be cool to bring him back on a non-roster minor lge deal.

The Yanks AAA rotation should be pretty full with honest to God prospects like DJ Mitchell, David Phelps, Ivan Nova, Hector Noesi and Lance Pendelton. They also have Igawa under contract for 1 more year. That’s basically a 6 man rotation right there with Banuelos, Betances, Brackman and Warren all knocking on the door in AA. The Yanks really don’t have a lot of space to stash AAAA type pitchers like Gaudin, Mosely or Mitre.

Still, I like Mosely more than Mitre and would love to bring Aceves back and stash him in the minors until he’s healthy enough to contribute to the big lge team.

4 years 8 months ago

“maybe they didn’t want to spend a roster spot on him”

Still. Aceves minus first 6 weeks >>>>>> Mitre for a full season.
They wasted that roster spot they could’ve used on Aceves by tendering Mitre

YanksFanSince78
4 years 8 months ago

I don’t think too many teams are going to jump at signing a guy who missed almost all of 2010 with a back injury and then had a bike accident that broke his clavicle. My guess is the Yanks will offer him $500k and a minor lge deal that won’t effect the roster. In fact, they mave already had that conversation with him

4 years 8 months ago

All it takes is 1 team with space in the 40-man and desperate enough for pen help to scoop him up. Aceves would obviously prefer the guarantee of a major league deal.
If indeed the Yankees already spoke to him and he agreed to accept a minor league deal, then you’re right, no issues.

4 years 8 months ago

All it takes is 1 team with space in the 40-man and desperate enough for pen help to scoop him up. Aceves would obviously prefer the guarantee of a major league deal.
If indeed the Yankees already spoke to him and he agreed to accept a minor league deal, then you’re right, no issues.

4 years 8 months ago

Sounds like a Kevin Towers move.

YankeeBaseball
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah, I’m hoping that’s what’s going to happen because when healthy, Aceves was one of their brightest homegrown guys. Their bullpen is currently in a shambles with the loss of Kerry Wood.

YankeeBaseball
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah, I’m hoping that’s what’s going to happen because when healthy, Aceves was one of their brightest homegrown guys. Their bullpen is currently in a shambles with the loss of Kerry Wood.

Dodgersarelife
4 years 8 months ago

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mrmoss
4 years 8 months ago

Who is going to be in the pen for the Yanks? id like to see them give Josh Schmidt,Ryan Pope and Hector Noesi a look

YanksFanSince78
4 years 8 months ago

Yeah I would rather keep Noesi in AAA as a starter and let him mature unless he’s needed to start w/ the Yanks. Right now the bullpen looks like….

Mo
Joba
Logan
Robertson
Mitre

Definetly needs another top notch power righty and another lefty.

Bye Bye Baby Bonanza
4 years 8 months ago

E5 didn’t last long in Oakland.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 8 months ago

Beane probably woke up today and thought “what the hell was I smoking?”

jb226
4 years 8 months ago

They’ll probably try to re-sign him for less money, unless of course they pull off something big like Beltre that would make it redundant.

grabarkewitz
4 years 8 months ago

I guess Kouzmanoff lives to play another day.

Carter2Taylor2Cardenas2Weeks
4 years 8 months ago

Like we all didn’t know Billy and his OCD for defense

4 years 8 months ago

Maybe Brad Pitt claimed him and everyone thought he was Billy Beane.

4 years 8 months ago

Edwin already non tendered? Does he even get to keep the jersey?