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Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

Luke Scott AP

Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline:

American League

Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre

Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less than the $6 million he was due in arbitration. If not, he’ll enter the crowded free agent market as a lesser version of Jason Kubel.

Boston: LHP Rich Hill

Hill figures to miss at least the first month or two after Tommy John surgery, but since he did show promise as a sidewinding reliever last season, the Red Sox debated tendering him. They’ll make an attempt to re-sign him to a minor league contract.

Chicago: none

Cleveland: none

The Indians said they’ll tender everyone. Their only borderline arbitration-eligible player is third baseman Jack Hannahan, and he shouldn’t come in at much more than $1 million. Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Masterson and Shin-Soo Choo are due for bigger raises, though Choo’s rough year will cost him.

Detroit: 2B Will Rhymes

Rhymes quickly fell out of favor after opening last season as Detroit’s primary second baseman. He has a nice career line of .283/.341/.370 in 276 major league at-bats, but if anyone had much interest in him, he would have been traded. He’s making the minimum, so that wasn’t an issue.

Kansas City: LHP Aaron Laffey

The Royals claimed Laffey off waivers from the Yankees in October, so it seems they want him around. Still, they weren’t interested in risking arbitration. A sinkerballing lefty, Laffey has a 4.34 ERA in 373 2/3 career innings. He may get a guaranteed deal from some team, but it will be for less than $1 million.

Los Angeles: none

The Angels said they’re tendering all of their arbitration-eligible players, a list that includes Kendrys Morales.

Minnesota: LHP Jose Mijares

Mijares should be a hot name with so little left-handed relief available this winter. He was terrible last season, with a 30/30 K/BB ratio and a 4.59 ERA in 49 innings, but he had an 83/32 K/BB ratio and a 2.67 ERA in 94 1/3 innings between 2009-10. Although he has a reputation as a bit of a head case, he’ll get guaranteed money.

New York: none

Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed that he would have no non-tenders tonight.

Oakland: none

Daric Barton, Landon Powell and Adam Rosales all agreed to one-year deals today, and the A’s announced that they’re tendering everyone. Powell and Rosales risked being non-tendered if they didn’t sign today.

Seattle: RHP Dan Cortes, C Chris Gimenez

Cortes’ inclusion is explained by the fact that he underwent a previously unrevealed shoulder surgery in October, leaving his status for the beginning of 2012 in doubt. The hard-throwing-but-wild right-hander could be re-signed to a minor league deal.

Tampa Bay: RHP Andy Sonnanstine

Sonnanstine was expendable regardless, but the trade for Burke Badenhop on Monday made it even more obvious he had no place in the Rays’ plans going forward. He might have a chance of surviving as a swingman in the NL.

Texas: RHP Fabio Castillo

Good arm, bad year in Double-A. The Rangers will probably re-sign him to a minor league deal.

Toronto: none

Jeff Mathis took a paycut and thus avoided being non-tendered. Dustin McGowan is another one who might have been non-tendered had he not agreed to a one-year deal on Monday.

National League

Arizona: LHP Joe Saunders, RHP Micah Owings

Confirmed now. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Saunders would be a non-tender after failing to come to terms with the Diamondbacks on either a one- or two-year contract. He might be able to get a two-year deal from another team, possibly for $7 million-$8 million per year.

Atlanta: RHP Peter Moylan, INF Brooks Conrad

Moylan will miss at least the first month or two after rotator cuff surgery. The Braves will probably re-sign the veteran setup man to a lesser deal.

Chicago: C Koyie Hill

Here’s a move that’s long overdue. Hill is pretty atrocious offensively and isn’t really exceptional on defense either. Welington Castillo should prove to be an immediate upgrade behind Geovany Soto for the Cubs.

Cincinnati: none

John Fay reports that the Reds will tender everyone. Paul Janish and Jose Arredondo were the only arbitration-eligible players somewhat in doubt. The Reds have been looking for a veteran backup shortstop, suggesting that Janish’s place on the team is still far from assured.

Colorado: OF Ryan Spilborghs, OF Cole Garner

Spilborghs spent five years as a really nice part-timer for the Rockies before collapsing last year. He hit just .210/.283/.305 in 200 at-bats for Colorado. At 32, he has a chance to bounce back and serve as a productive bench player elsewhere. The Red Sox have often been mentioned in connection with him when his name has come up in trade rumors.

Florida: RHP Clay Hensley

The Marlins opted to keep Chris Volstad, which qualifies as a minor surprise. Hensley had already been designated for assignment, so this non-tender was a given. He washed out as a starter last season, but he did have a 3.51 ERA in 25 2/3 innings out of the pen. In 2010, he had a 2.16 ERA in 75 innings as a reliever.

Houston: none

The Astros had just two arbitration-eligible players in Humberto Quintero and J.A. Happ, and they’ve already re-signed Quintero.

Los Angeles: LHP Hong-Chih Kuo

Kuo’s case of the yips and likely $3 million salary was viewed as a bad combination by the Dodgers. There will be several teams interested if Los Angeles can’t re-sign him; when Kuo is on, he’s as unhittable as any lefty in the game.

Milwaukee: none

New York: OF Mike Baxter, C Ronny Paulino

Paulino seems to be wearing out his welcome with teams pretty quickly, but he still offers a nice bat versus left-handed pitching. It could get him a backup gig. The Mets are leaning towards going with light-hitting Mike Nickeas as Josh Thole‘s backup, though that could change if Jason Varitek or Ivan Rodriguez is willing to sign for $1 million.

Philadelphia: none

Pittsburgh: C Jason Jaramillo, INF Pedro Ciriaco

Those two were already removed from the Pirates’ 40-man roster last week. Right-handers Jason Grilli and Chris Resop were the two veterans the Pirates considered non-tendering. Grilli saved his job by agreeing to a one-year deal today.

St. Louis: INF Ryan Theriot

Skip Schumaker took a two-year contract and avoided being non-tendered. Theriot will try to find a starting job at second base somewhere. His poor play at shortstop really limits his value as a utilityman.

San Diego: OF Jeremy Hermida

Hermida had already been designated for assignment. The Padres also re-signed outfielder Chris Denorfia to a one-year deal today. They’ll hold on to right-hander Dustin Moseley, who was considered a possible non-tender after surgery on his non-throwing shoulder.

San Francisco: 2B Jeff Keppinger, C Eli Whiteside

Mike Fontenot signed a one-year deal, so he escaped this fate. It helped his case that he’s a better shortstop than Keppinger. Keppinger can hit, though, and might get a look as a starter at second base.

Washington: LHP Doug Slaten

Slaten was limited to 31 appearances by an elbow injury last season, but he was a nice lefty specialist in 2010, when he had a 3.10 ERA in 40 2/3 innings. Mark Zuckerman says this will be the Nationals’ only non-tender, meaning Tom Gorzelanny will stick around as the second lefty in the Washington pen along with Sean Burnett. Jesus Flores was also offered a deal.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Luke Scott will not be missed.

    • clydeserra - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM

      Only if you let him fix the scope on your rifle.

      • Old Gator - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:59 PM

        He might find a job at the end of the bench in Dallas, where he can glad-hand other right wing idiots like himself – George Bush, for example, or maybe even Rick Perry – who periodically visit at the behest of ownership.

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:07 PM

      I demand proper documentation of his non-tender or else I refuse to believe it.

  2. muckthefets23 - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Phils could use a lefty out of the pen other than Bastardo, not saying Slaten is the definite answer but is there really much out there??

    • natstowngreg - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      Someone will take a chance on Slaten, if only because he’s left-handed. Also, hoping to get the 2010 version (3.10 ERA, 1.30 WHIP).

  3. tashkalucy - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Just an observation…..

    It appears that

    “oh wait”

    has replaced

    “grow a pair”

    as the favored cliche on a blog comment board.

  4. hushbrother - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    So the Diamondbacks gave up Dan Haren for a guy the ended up non-tendering. I’d say that’s a pretty crummy trade.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

      I wasn’t a fan either, but Saunders was the No. 2 property in that trade. Skaggs was No. 1, and his stock has kept climbing since the deal.

  5. 303bengalguy - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Luke Scott is a worthless giant d bag.

    • sknut - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:55 PM

      But does he have proof of being a d bag?

      • paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:21 AM

        Everybody has proof he’s a d bag.

  6. bloodysock - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Red Sox only non-tender was Rich Hill who was coming off of Tommy John surgery.

  7. dwrek5 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Id take a flier on Kuo. Just try to keep him healthy for the stretch run.

  8. meteor32 - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Glad to see the Cubs are moving on from Koyie Hill. Haven’t understood why they’ve kept him the last couple of years.

  9. skerney - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    I won’t believe Luke Scott was non tendered until he produces his long form unemployment form. America deserves the truth.

    • Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:01 AM

      The truth is that he’s a moron. That was established quite some time ago. He and Peter Angelos deserved each other.

  10. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    I was surprised to see the Feesh designate Hensley, much less non-tender him. The guy was pretty reliable coming in from the boolpen, one of the team’s few strong suits last season. I take it to mean that they plan to do some more spending on their relief corps. At least, I hope that’s what it means.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:04 AM

      You would think….no sense in cheaping out now.

    • rohlo - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:05 AM

      he will end up back in san diego..he is good out of the pen!

  11. drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Ok, I just read that RAJ signed KK to a 4 year 16 million dollar deal. Somebody please tell me that isn’t true. Please. I can’t go to sleep knowing that.

    • spudchukar - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:14 AM

      It isn’t true, it is for 5 years and $21.5 mil.

      • cur68 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:16 AM

        But will he sleep any the better now?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:20 AM

        Yeah, no….I will not sleep any better. Hell, nothing would surprise me though.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:19 AM

      And now Victorino is on twitter welcoming the “D Train” to town. Fuck me, what the hell is going on?

      • cur68 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:49 AM

        Oh, well, you know Shane: he’s probably talking about an actual train, y’know? Could be the D-Train or some such. With his attention span I suspect trains coming and going are a really cool thing.

      • spudchukar - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:19 AM

        I read somewhere that people with “anxiety disorder” are flocking to Philadelphia, because there their disease cannot be detected from all the other members of the population.

      • Gonzo - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:41 AM

        Do comments from Spuchukar get deleted? I hope this is the kind of blog that promotes healthy discussion of baseball and light humor. Not ignorant a-holes.

      • paperlions - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:24 AM

        If you had been around awhile, you would know that he is just poking fun at the stereo types of Philly fans, stereo types that often manifest on this very site, and not being serious in the least.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:38 AM

        Yeah Gonzo, don’t take it too seriously. Wait until the bloggers (mainly Craig) start trolling Phillies phans. Also, an overwhelming majority of the regular posters are good guys (girls) and we like to have a tad bit of fun at each others expense. For instance, I like to give Cur a hard time about being Canadian and eating seal blubber and fried squirrel.

      • cur68 - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:02 AM

        Roast squirrel is healthier, but if you gotta fry it then I say use seal blubber…mmm seal blubber…..

      • Old Gator - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:54 AM

        I notice that nobody kids Cur about having beaver on the menu. Now why is that, do you suppose?

      • cur68 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:01 AM

        Well I’d suggest perhaps taste and manners but then I suppose you’ve seen some of the stuff said on this board so that little theory is out the window.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM

        Yep and there it is….Phillies are signing Willis to a 1 year, 1 million dollar contract.

  12. muckthefets23 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:22 AM

    Hey doc where’d you read about RAJ signing KK?? If that has any validity to it I may be one of many from south jersey who will be jumping off the Walt Whitman bridge like a crap load of lemmings.

    • Gonzo - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:54 AM

      Kyle wasn’t awful last year. Certainly not worth a 4 year deal. But I would take him for another 1 year deal.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:36 AM

        No, KK was awful last year. Don’t be fooled by the ERA….more a function of luck than anything else. And Muck, I think it was just a twitter rumor (hope)….it appears to have originated from the 94 WIP twitter account.

  13. cup0pizza - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Too bad Loney isn’t on the list, but at least the Dodgers grew a pair and finally kicked Kuo to the curb. Whatever.

  14. simon94022 - Dec 13, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    Pathetic of the Giants to non-tender Keppinger, who is a useful role player. Obviously their payroll is hampered by the Zito and Rowand contracts, but they’re a relatively large market team, have been among MLB’s attendance leaders consistently since AT&T park opened, and they sold out every game this past season. No excuse for crying poor.

    • stex52 - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Keppinger back at the Astros. No power, but a decent OBA. Certainly bettre than any of their other possibilities. Not like I think he will be holding anyone down in the Minors.

  15. foreverchipper10 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Braves best issue an offer to Moylan. I love that side-winding, dress-wearing nut.

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