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Sports Takeaways from MLB's non-tender deadline

10:45  03 december  2019
10:45  03 december  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Blue Jays tender Matt Shoemaker, non-tender three players

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Plenty of notable names entered the free-agent pool on Monday night.

Non - tender deadline tonight offers intrigue. Big Papi, Dodgers' Turner among those let go before breaking out. Tonight' s 8 ET deadline for clubs to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players might not unleash any major surprises. Or it could be a turning point for a franchise that rolls the dice

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Now that Major League Baseball's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players has come and gone, here are the seven biggest takeaways from the event that left a cast of decent players unemployed:

White Sox invest $5.4M in backup catcher

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In his final year of arbitration and coming off a breakout, All-Star campaign, James McCann undoubtedly deserved a raise and is still a bargain at $5.4 million. However, after the Chicago White Sox invested $123 million earlier this winter in Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu, it might be difficult for the club to find playing time for the 29-year-old beyond a backup catcher role. Especially when you consider that Eloy Jimenez will still be deployed in the DH spot on off days in the field.

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Plenty of notable names entered the free-agent pool on Monday night.

The non - tender deadline always brings a few trades. The five players are listed alphabetically and note that projected 2020 salaries come from MLB Trade Rumors.

That means getting surplus value out of McCann will be increasingly difficult. But, at worst, he's now a decent, cost-controlled trade chip for a club looking to pivot toward winning in 2020.

Padres find replacement at second base

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After shipping Luis Urias to the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Diego Padres had a glaring vacancy at second base. Taking a chance on Jurickson Profar makes a lot of sense.

San Diego named Jayce Tingler their new manager, poaching the 39-year-old from the Texas Rangers, where he served on the coaching staff and as an assistant general manager. It's likely not a coincidence the Padres added Profar after he was a top prospect for Texas - and the top farmhand in all of baseball in 2012 when Padres GM A.J. Preller was in the Rangers' front office - during Tingler's tenure with the club.

Lots of scenarios in play for Blue Jays with tender deadline nearing

  Lots of scenarios in play for Blue Jays with tender deadline nearing In Toronto, the Blue Jays started their off-season early by removing Devon Travis, Ryan Tepera and Ryan Dull from the 40-man roster long before Monday’s tender deadline. That leaves five eligible players, only one of whom should be considered a lock to be tendered a deal. The post Canadiens place backup goalie Keith Kinkaid on waivers appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.A few years back, before baseball’s new reality set in, this would have been surprising. But if the last two winters are any indication, the likes of Cole and Rendon could be out there for months to come. At times, the pace of the baseball off-season can make the games seem quick.

Profar likely takes over as the everyday second baseman in San Diego. Reliever Blake Treinen might also be on the move soon. Oakland traded Profar just hours ahead of Monday night' s non - tender deadline .

The deadline to tender a contract to non -salaried players under team control comes at 8:00 p.m. ET. As such, expect most of the news and rumors to Bradley, 29, is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make million in 2020, his final season before hitting free agency. The Red Sox are pretty well

The Padres parted with a 25-year-old catching prospect in order to land Profar, who is an extremely interesting buy-low piece with pedigree and doesn't preclude them from acquiring a different second baseman as well.

Brand new Brew Crew

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Speaking of the Brewers adding Urias, the non-tender deadline represented a continued page-turning of sorts as the current roster bears almost no resemblance to the 2019 Opening Day squad.

While the outfield should look identical, first baseman Jesus Aguilar is gone, second baseman Mike Moustakas just signed a multi-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, Grandal landed a four-year contract earlier this winter, Travis Shaw was non-tendered, and Opening Day starter Jhoulys Chacin is gone. Considering the fact Urias will now compete for the shortstop gig with Orlando Arcia, that spot in the lineup may also change.

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The deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is tonight at 8 p.m. ET. There are several interesting decisions clubs will face More > Rays: Will not non - tender anyone MLB .com' s Mark Feinsand reported on Friday that the Rays, who figured to be one of the least -active clubs

Here are five players who were non - tendered by their former teams and could prove to be options for the Giants as they try to put a more talented group on after decade with Giants MLB rumors: Dodgers looking at stars Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg MLB free agency: How post-Will Smith bullpen market

Marlins willing to pay for Orioles' leftovers

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When it was first rumored that Jonathan Villar's tenure with the Baltimore Orioles was down to its final days, it was assumed a contending team would take a chance on the speedy middle infielder. Instead, it was the Miami Marlins.

It's a pretty damning statement on the outlook of the 2020 Orioles that they were unwilling to pay a player who was worth 4.0 WAR, according to FanGraphs, when the Marlins are.

The Marlins will also take a chance next year on Aguilar, who the wild-card-winning Tampa Bay Rays were unwilling to pay. In the Rays' defense, Aguilar is further removed from being a productive major leaguer and will be banked on as a bounce-back candidate for a club looking to buy low.

Shrinking middle class

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Almost nothing is more evident on non-tender day than league average players losing work. As noted by Eno Sarris of The Athletic, both Kevin Pillar and Domingo Santana - players projected to be worth roughly 1.0 WAR next year - will hit free agency simply because the arbitration process would seek to pay them a reasonable $9-million salary.

Astros non-tender Aaron Sanchez

  Astros non-tender Aaron Sanchez The Houston Astros non-tendered right-hander Aaron Sanchez, it was announced Monday. Houston acquired Sanchez from the Toronto Blue Jays at the July 31 trade deadline along with two other players in exchange for outfielder Derek Fisher. In his first start for Houston, Sanchez threw the first six innings of a four-pitcher combined no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. However, the 27-year-old made just three more starts after that before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.In October, Sanchez told the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley he would not be ready to resume throwing in time for spring training.

The Mets and MLB teams have until midnight tonight to decide whether to tender contracts to In the event he' s non tendered , I think there' s a chance Sandy Alderson ends up re-signing him for less . Takeaways from Mets' Brodie Van Wagenen at GM meetings, including the expectation that Wilson

MLB Trade Rumors has a list of intriguing non - tender candidates, who are often younger and cheaper than traditional free agents. MLB Trade Rumors is also keeping a running tally of players who agree to new contracts in advance of today’ s deadline . FURTHER READING.

Teams are more willing to look elsewhere - like in their own minor-league systems - for players who could be worth 80% of that value for less than half the cost.

Once-promising pitchers kicked to curb

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Kevin Gausman, Taijuan Walker, and Aaron Sanchez - once top prospects - all hit the unemployment line on non-tender day. However, the trio will all likely land deals that will provide a platform for them to reach their potential.

No one from the group has been more of a disappointment than Walker, who was a top-10 prospect in baseball during his prime. Due to injuries, the right-hander has been held to 14 innings over the past two years. While healthy, he's been a serviceable starter and will be an intriguing back end option for a club willing to take a chance.

First baseman gets no love

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It's crazy to think about, but the Minnesota Twins non-tendered C.J. Cron because he was slated to earn $7.7 million in arbitration mere weeks after the White Sox handed Jose Abreu a $50-million extension. Here's a comparison of those players over the past two seasons:

Cron has been marginally worse over that span, but it's hard to imagine one of these players hitting unemployment while the other - who is three years older - locked down an eight-figure deal. It's a familiar spot for Cron, though, who was designated for assignment by the Rays last winter and bounced back just fine.

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