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Breaking down Friday’s non-tenders: Wilson, Reynolds and more

Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

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Here’s the official list of Friday’s non-tenders:

American League

Angels: none

Athletics: OF Jermaine Mitchell

Mitchell had already been designated for assignment. He had a breakthrough 2011 in Triple-A, hitting .302/.401/.453, but he regressed to .252/.345/.386 for Sacramento last season.

Astros: none

Blue Jays: C Bobby Wilson

Wilson is minor league contract material. The 29-year-old has hit .208/.272/.321 in 389 major league at-bats. 

Indians: 3B Jack Hannahan, LHP Rafael Perez, LHP Chris Seddon

The Indians seem to like Hannahan as a part-timer, but they paid him $1.75 million to hit .244/.312/.341 last season. Maybe he’ll be brought back for less if he doesn’t find the open market to his liking. Perez is a goner after shoulder surgery limited him to eight appearances last season, but there will be several teams interested in taking a flier on him.

Mariners: INF Robert Andino

Andino would have been non-tendered by the Orioles, but the Mariners traded outfielder Trayvon Robinson for him earlier this month, apparently with the idea that he wouldn’t be looking for much of a raise on top of the $1.3 million he made last season. He balked, so he’s gone for now. He could always be re-signed if he doesn’t find free agency to his liking.

And the Mariners have already re-signed Andino to a one-year contract. He’ll serve as a backup at both middle infield spots next year.

Orioles: RHP Stuart Pomeranz, INF Omar Quintanilla, 1B Mark Reynolds

Reynolds says the Orioles didn’t even offer him a deal after a down season in which he hit .221 with 23 homers in 538 at-bats. He could bounce back to 30 homers next year and he has more defensive value at first than he did at third, so some team could commit $8 million to him on a one-year contract.

Rangers: RHP Jake Brigham, 1B Brandon Snyder, C Geovany Soto

The Rangers traded Brigham to the Cubs for Soto in July and then took him back earlier this month as a result of his arm problems (the Cubs ended up getting RHP Barret Loux instead). It’s a pretty good guess that he’ll will be re-signed to a minor league deal. … Soto, on the other hand, seems likely to depart after he failed to come to terms on a one-year deal. Even though he hit just .198/.270/.343 in 324 at-bats last season, he could well wind up as a starter. Expect the Yankees to give him a look.

Rays: OF Ben Francisco

Francisco’s OPS has dropped three years running (he came in at .670 in 2012), and he hasn’t hit lefties the last two seasons. He’s not worth a guaranteed roster spot at this point.

Red Sox: RHP Scott Atchison, LHP Rich Hill, OF Ryan Sweeney

No Alfredo Aceves, though that seemed to be a given when he wasn’t let go prior to the purge of non-arbitration eligible players last week. … Atchison was Boston’s best pitcher last season, finishing with a 1.58 ERA in 51 1/3 innings. Hill was also quite effective, amassing a 1.83 ERA in 19 2/3 innings after returning from Tommy John surgery. One gathers that the Red Sox will attempt to re-sign both, but there’s certainly no reason for either to accept minor league contracts. … Sweeney hit .260/.303/.373 in 62 games last season before going down with a self-inflicted hand injury.

Royals: OF Derrick Robinson

Luke Hochevar keeps his spot despite last season’s 5.73 ERA and a likely $4 million salary. … Robinson reached Triple-A in his seventh season in the Royals minor league system, hitting .268/.344/.325 with 23 steals for Omaha. Even a future as a fifth outfielder seems unlikely at this point. He could be re-signed to a minor league deal.

Tigers: LHP Daniel Schlereth

A key component in the big Curtis GrandersonMax ScherzerEdwin Jackson deal, Schlereth was supposed to develop into a big-time reliever after getting sent from Arizona to Detroit. However, his command has never come around and he missed most of last season with shoulder woes. The Tigers will try to keep him in the organization on a minor league contract.

Twins: RHP Lester Oliveros

Oliveros remains a promising reliever, but Tommy John surgery will sideline him for most or all of 2013. The Twins will want to re-sign him to a minor league deal.

White Sox: RHP Anthony Carter, 1B Dan Johnson

Carter was an intriguing relief prospect a couple of years ago, but he’s stumbled to 5.84 and 4.60 ERAs the last two seasons. Johnson would make for nice insurance for Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn, but he’s the kind of player the White Sox would much prefer to have on a minor league deal than occupying a 40-man roster spot.

Yankees: none

National League

Braves: RHP Jair Jurrjens, RHP Peter Moylan

After two lost seasons due to back and shoulder seasons, Moylan wasn’t going to get much of a guarantee from the Braves. However, he’s healthy now and he should draw quite a bit of interest. … That Jurrjens went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 2011 has already been forgotten after a 2012 season in which he showed diminished stuff and got knocked around in 10 starts. No one was interested in acquiring him and paying him $6 million through the arbitration process, but now that he’s free, several teams will come calling. 

Brewers: LHP Manny Parra

Parra was nearly non-tendered last winter, but the team opted to give him one more chance. A full-time reliever for the first time, he had a 5.06 ERA in 62 appearances, though it did come with 61 strikeouts and just three homers allowed in 58 2/3 innings. He still has plus stuff, and several teams will think they can get better results from him.

Cardinals: none

Cubs: RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Jaye Chapman, 3B Ian Stewart

Stewart was known to be long gone after hitting .201/.292/.335 in 55 games and then missing the rest of the season with a wrist injury. In such a thin third base market, he could get a chance to compete for a starting job elsewhere in the spring. The two righties will likely be offered minor league contracts to stick around.

Diamondbacks: C Wil Nieves

The Diamondbacks won’t splurge on a backup catcher, but it won’t be hard to find an upgrade over Nieves, even if was a nice surprise in limited action last season (.301/.330/.410 in 83 AB).

Dodgers: none

Giants: RHP Brian Wilson

Even though he missed all but the first 10 days of the season following Tommy John surgery, Wilson wasn’t interested in taking a significant paycut. He’ll draw plenty of interest in free agency, so his Giants career is almost surely over. Between Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla, the Giants will be spending plenty on their bullpen regardless. 

Marlins: none

Mets: RHP Manny Acosta, RHP Mike Pelfrey, OF Andres Torres

Pelfrey’s non-tender was a given after he underwent Tommy John surgery. The Mets will likely attempt to re-sign him for about half of the $5.6875 million he made last season. … Acosta shook off a horrible start to post a 1.78 ERA in the second half of the season. He would have earned $1.5 million or less in arbitration, so it’s disappointing the Mets didn’t bring him back. … Torres will be looked at as a fourth or fifth outfielder after hitting .230/.327/.337 in his lone year with the Mets.

Nationals: C Jesus Flores, LHP Tom Gorzelanny, LHP John Lannan

It seems like the Nationals are just throwing away a fair amount of talent here, but it must be that no one offered anything in trade. Lannan was likely due about $6 million in arbitration, Gorzelanny $3.5 million and Flores $1.2 million. Lannan is a lock to wind up in some team’s rotation next year after the Nationals allowed him to waste away in Triple-A for much of 2012. Gorzelanny had a nice 2.88 ERA in 72 innings out of the pen last season. Flores was a disappointment after initially stepping in for the injured Wilson Ramos, hitting .213/.248/.329 in 277 at-bats. Still, someone will want him as a backup.

Padres: LHP Juan Oramas

Oramas, who went 3-4 with a 6.37 ERA in eight Double-A starts last season, will miss at least the first couple of months of 2013 after Tommy John surgery. The Padres will likely re-sign him to a minor league contract.

Phillies: OF Nate Schierholtz

With his fine defense in right field, Schierholtz makes for a quality fourth outfielder. The only problem there is that he has yet to resign himself to a career as a bench player, and he’s made it clear he much prefers to start. He hit .257/.321/.407 in 241 at-bats for the Giants and Phillies last season.

Pirates: RHP Jeff Karstens

I never imagined Karstens would stick when he originally came up with the Yankees, but he’s added some velocity through the years and he posted ERAs of 3.38 in 162 1/3 innings in 2011 and 3.97 in 90 2/3 innings last season. He’s a fringe guy as a full-time starter, but as a swingman, he’d be very handy to have around.

Reds: INF-OF Kris Negron, OF Denis Phipps

Two expendable players. The 26-year-old Negron is very versatile, but he’s posted OPSs of .607 and .628 in two years in Triple-A. Phipps has a little pop and enough range to handle center on a part-time basis, but he just isn’t good enough in any one area to carve out a career.

Rockies: none

  1. kkolchak - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Argh, you’ve got to edit that first sentence. Midnight is usually denoted as 12 a.m., not 12 p.m. For a moment I thought the deadline had passed and I missed it.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Whoops. Thanks. I originally botched the time as 9 p.m. and then when I was changing it to 12, I forgot to switch.

  2. kjt929 - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    If wilson is non-tendered then watch out brian here comes the biding war!

    • paperlions - Dec 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      I’ve always wondered what a “biding war” would look like….how can you tell if someone is out-waiting the competition or if they are just ignoring the entire enterprise?

      Must be the ultimate game of subtlety.

  3. twinsapologist - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    ” Lannan is a lock to wind up in some team’s rotation next year after the Nationals allowed him to waste away in Triple-A for much of 2012. ”

    I don’t get it. The guy is mediocre at best. He had a terrible K rate in AAA this year, and not a great BB rate.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      I put very little weight on Lannan’s Triple-A performance. The guy was twice the Nationals’ Opening day starter, and he was coming off a 2011 in which he posted a 3.70 ERA in 33 starts. He deserved better than to be stuck in Triple-A and he knew it.

      Anyway, he’s always going to have crappy K/BBs. He’s no world-beater, but he’s worth $6 million in this market.

      • kkolchak - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:03 AM

        If you look closer at Lannan’s stats, he has been regressing since his sophomore campaign in 2009 (even excluding his two stints in the minors since then). His innings pitched per start have become particularly atrocious (A mere 5.32 last year at the MLB level).

        It is telling that the Nats non-tendered him, because Mark Zuckerman reported yesterday that Lannan actually still has one more option left. That means the Nats could have tendered him and then stashed him at AAA again as an insurance policy, or swung a trade. The fact that they didn’t do that tells me that they don’t believe any other team would make a deal at his current salary level.

        Here is Zuckerman’s analysis:

      • paperlions - Dec 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        That’s odd, I don’t see that in Lannan’s stats at all…If you actually understand which of Lannan’s stats to interpret…there has been no regression whatsoever. He’s not a K pitcher, so his results are going to be subject to a lot more random variation than high K pitchers. But his K-rate, BB-rate, GB-rate, and HR-rate have not varied much at all over his career. He keeps the ball in the park and gives his fielders a chance to turn it into an out. He’s been a solid league-average pitcher that stats like FIP and XFIP is never going to love….and he’s never going to dominate….but he’s as good or better than most #4 starters in the league.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        Lannan and the Nats clearly fell out of love 2 years ago and the AAA stint in 2012 was the divorce filing. So no matter how much talent they might be throwing away, Lannan isn’t coming back and everybody saw that writing on the wall long ago. Baseball ain’t all dollars and sense and talent evals. I agree that he’d make a good 5th starter for any NL squad, but at $6 mil he’s too pricy for most teams. If he’s willing to take a pay cut then he’s sure to make someone very happy. Plus, he looks like the Muppet, Sam the Eagle, so the kids love him.

  4. tuberippin - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Lannan seems like the kind of pitcher suitable for the Cubs, Twins, or Royals, perhaps even the Pirates. You know what you’re going to get from the guy, and you can slot him into the middle or back of the rotation accordingly.

    Gorzelanny should and likely will get a chance to start elsewhere, even if it’s just spot-start duty and mostly long relief. He’s got a similar skill set to Lannan but without the same quality of performance as a starter.

    I’m intrigued by the potential for Brian Wilson to be released. If that’s the case, the market for him will also dictate the market for Joakim Soria, and vice versa. Both are proven closers who are coming off of elbow surgeries (granted, this is the 2nd time for Soria).

  5. ncm42 - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    The Orioles just don’t want to try to keep the chemistry from last year’s playoff team….

  6. Alex K - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Where are the guys that were telling me about the awesomeness of Reynolds? I guess the O’s see it more my way…

  7. smcgaels1997 - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Bidding war would be stupid for Wilson..2 Tommy John surgeries and give high dollar gauranteed $$? My guesses that personality won’t be embraced as much as it was in SF. 2 of Wilson’s last 4 years have been majorly injury plagued

  8. Old Gator - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Even though there isn’t an infernal prayer that Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua would agree to spring for the kind of money Brian Wilson wants, I would love to see him in one of those tasteful Feesh uniforms with their play of gonorrhea discharge colors. Plus, I would like to see what kinds of tropical parasites would colonize his beard.

  9. kkolchak - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Sorry to hear about Jesus Flores. Not that it was unexpected, but he was looking like a potential rising star as an offensive catcher before his catastrophic shoulder injury in 2009.

    • crisisjunky - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:01 AM

      Jon Daniels should give him a call. If he’s ready to go on opening day, I’d be pretty confidant he finds a gig, and outperforms the 14mil$ man in Pit…. at least offensively.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      The Nats actually put out a statement on Flores, saying that he pressed too hard as a hitter (which makes sense to me – he never looks comfortable in the box), but more importantly that he didn’t call the games the way he had been instructed, and in some cases he went against the team’s wishes for certain hitters. That’s really bad. It’s so bad that his (former) team apparently feels no compunction about shivving him in the press. So yeah, Pittsburgh, if you want him, he’s all yours. For my money, just watching him commit dumb errors all the time, from an inability to block balls in the dirt to incorrectly framing pitches to letting lots of easy strikes fall out of his glove to just missing a lot of pitches that were a few inches outside and that went as passed balls, Jesus Flores is not an MLB-caliber starting catcher.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        Ack: I meant that if anybody wants to take a flier on Flores expecting what Pittsburgh is getting from Martin, then have at it.

  10. Detroit Michael - Dec 1, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Apparently, we can stop fearing the beard.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      What if the Tigers sign him? Then you would fear him.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

        Or love. Or comb. Whatever.

  11. bcrow68 - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I bet the Tigers inquire bout him!

  12. bcrow68 - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Him being Wilson

  13. pgilbert15303 - Dec 2, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    The Red Sox need to get back to the old craziness.. Pick up Brian “Black Jack” Wilson!!!

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