Sport Takeaways from MLB's non-tender deadline
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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
In his final year of arbitration and coming off a breakout, All-Star campaign,undoubtedly deserved a raise and is still a bargain at $5.4 million. However, after the invested $123 million earlier this winter in and , 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 will still be deployed in the DH spot on off days in the field.
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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
After shippingto the , the had a glaring vacancy at second base. Taking a chance on makes a lot of sense.
San Diego named Jayce Tingler their new manager, poaching the 39-year-old from the, 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.
A’s could trade Blake Treinen, Jurickson Profar and Josh Phegley
Barring trades, they could all be non-tender candidates for low-budget Oakland, which is projected to owe Treinen $7.8 million, Profar $5.8 million and Phegley $2.2 million in 2020. © Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsWhether there’s an appealing piece here is up for debate, but Treinen is just a year removed from enjoying one of the best seasons in history for a reliever. Treinen posted an eye-popping 0.78 ERA in 80 1/3 innings in 2018, but just about everything went backward for him in 2019. While the 31-year-old continued to throw in the 97- to 98-mph range, his strikeout rate fell from 11.2 per nine to 9.
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
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 basemanis gone, second baseman just signed a multi-year deal with the , Grandal landed a four-year contract earlier this winter, was non-tendered, and Opening Day starter is gone. Considering the fact Urias will now compete for the shortstop gig with , that spot in the lineup may also change.
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Marlins willing to pay for Orioles' leftovers
When it was first rumored that's tenure with the 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-winningwere 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
Almost nothing is more evident on non-tender day than league average players losing work. As noted by, both and - 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.
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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
, , and - 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
It's crazy to think about, but thenon-tendered because he was slated to earn $7.7 million in arbitration mere weeks after the White Sox handed 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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