Non-Tendered Players On Major League Rosters

MLBTR's Non-Tender Tracker lists 37 players who were non-tendered by their teams last offseason. Of those 37 non-tenders, some re-signed with their old teams while others latched on with new clubs. Here's a look at how those who have secured a Major League roster spot are faring in the early stages of 2013…

  • Robert Andino, non-tendered by the Mariners, re-signed with the Mariners: Andino is batting just .161/.181/.226 in 33 plate appearances thus far. 
  • Scott Atchison, non-tendered by the Red Sox, signed with the Mets: Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins both inked minor league deals with the Mets this winter and broke camp with the team. He's posted a 3.86 ERA in 9 1/3 innings thus far, though he's struck out just four against three walks.
  • Ben Francisco, non-tendered by the Rays, signed with the Yankees: Francisco didn't hit much for the Astros or Rays last year, and he's continued that trend by going 2-for-25 to open the season with the Yankees.
  • Tom Gorzelanny, non-tendered by the Nationals, signed with the Brewers: Gorzelanny has been solid with the Brew Crew thus far, yielding just two runs in nine innings of work. Despite his notable platoon split, it's actually right-handers who have yet to get a hit off the lefty.
  • Jack Hannahan, non-tendered by the Indians, signed with the Reds: Hannahan was the recipient of a surprising two-year deal. He's been terrific in limited time thus far, batting .350/.381/.450 in 21 trips to the plate. He's played both third and first base.
  • Rich Hill, non-tendered by the Red Sox, signed with the Indians: Hill has only totaled four innings across five appearances thus far, but he's been reasonably effective in that small sample, allowing just a pair of earned runs.
  • Jeff Karstens, non-tendered by the Pirates, re-signed with the Pirates: Karstens technically doesn't fit this list as he's not on the Pirates' Major League roster, but that's only due to injury. He'll join the Buccos' rotation when he's healthy. I was surprised to see him non-tendered and by the lack of interest as a free agent.
  • John Lannan, non-tendered by the Nationals, signed with the Phillies: Lannan's first two starts with the Phils went well (four runs in 13 innings), but he was rocked by the Reds in his last outing and landed on the DL with a sprained tendon in his knee. He'll miss another six weeks or so and could lose his rotation spot to Jonathan Pettibone.
  • Wil Nieves, non-tendered by the D-backs, re-signed with the D-backs: Nieves signed with the D-backs after getting cut by the Rockies last summer. He's been solid in all 21 games he's appeared for Arizona since August, hitting .311/.340/.400.
  • Manny Parra, non-tendered by the Brewers, signed with the Reds: Parra has been pretty brutal for the Reds. He's allowed four hits in three of his six outings and walked the only batter he faced in another. He's been charged with six runs in 6 2/3 innings for an 8.10 ERA.
  • Mike Pelfrey, non-tendered by the Mets, signed with the Twins: Kudos to Pelfrey on being ready for Opening Day after Tommy John surgery in May 2012, but the results have been dreadful. He's allowed 15 earned runs in 17 innings with just six strikeouts and 29 hits allowed.
  • Mark Reynolds, non-tendered by the Orioles, signed with the Indians: If a "Non-Tendered MVP" award existed, Reynolds would be the front-runner. He's batting .283/.371/.700  with seven homers and has even cut his strikeout rate to a reasonable 22.8 percent.
  • Derrick Robinson, non-tendered by the Royals, signed with the Reds: Robinson had never appeared in a Major League game but the Royals chose not to renew his minor league contract. He's 4-for-17 through 20 plate appearances as the Reds' fifth outfielder.
  • Nate Schierholtz, non-tendered by the Phillies, signed with the Cubs: It's early but this looks like a great addition by Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein; Schierholtz is hitting .316/.371/.544 with a pair of homers as the Cubs' primary right fielder.
  • Geovany Soto, non-tendered by the Rangers, re-signed with the Rangers: Soto has only played four games with iron man A.J. Pierzynski on board as Texas' primary backstop. He's gone just 2-for-13 in 15 PAs during those four games.
  • Andres Torres, non-tendered by the Mets, signed with the Giants: Torres was great for the Giants when they won the 2010 World Series, and he's been pretty good in 2013 as well. He's hitting .293/.310/.390 with a pair of steals and his usual great defense through 16 games.

Andino, Francisco and Parra strike me as DFA candidates in the event that their teams make a waiver claim or choose to promote a minor leaguer that isn't on the 40-man roster. Lannan, too, could find himself without a roster spot if Pettibone pitches well while he's on the shelf. Pelfrey seems likely to have a longer leash given his base salary and the fact that he's still shaking off the Tommy John rust, but another handful of poor starts could put him in jeopardy.


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