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Sport 56 players non-tendered, become free agents

04:15  03 december  2019
04:15  03 december  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

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If you thought the free - agent market was already packed with talent, it became a little more crowded Friday. The deadline to tender contracts to A year ago, players such as Matt Adams, Mike Fiers and Jared Hughes were non - tendered , each of them going on to solid seasons that helped their new clubs.

Fifty additional free agents will flood the market at month's end when major-league teams decide whether to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players . With just about everyone crying for pitching, it’s possible to put together a pretty solid rotation of possible non - tenders .

With Monday’s 8 PM ET contract tendering deadline past, it’s official: 56 players were not tendered contracts and are now free agents, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. There were over 200 players, so roughly 75 percent of eligible players were tendered contracts.

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We mentioned that shortstop Addison Russell is among them. Other notable players not tendered contracts include outfielder Kevin Pillar (who received an MVP vote), shortstop Tim Beckham, second baseman César Hernández, third baseman Maikel Franco, starter Taijuan Walker, starter Jimmy Nelson, reliever Blake Treinen, infielder José Peraza, and catcher Josh Phegley.

Teams consider a player’s health, age, and production when deciding whether or not to tender them contracts, as well their projected salaries in arbitration and the teams’ own payroll flexibility. Non-tendered players also open up a spot on the 40-man roster, which can be important for some teams with the Rule 5 draft that will take place next week during the Winter Meetings.

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SS Didi Gregorius considering one-year contracts .
As the top shortstop on the free agent market, Didi Gregorius had been widely tabbed as a candidate for a multi-year deal, even in the wake of his injury-shortened 2019 season. While multiple teams have indeed shown interest in Gregorius this offseason, he and his agents are also considering the possibility of accepting a one-year offer, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports (subscription required).

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