I think it's about time to keep a close eye on this, so what I'll do is start a thread and we'll look at who the Cubs might non-tender as well as some interesting names that become available.
- 4:59 PM: As expected, the Mets have non-tendered Andres Torres, a switch-hitting plus defender in CF with good speed. Potential bargain pickup for the Cubs if they can't pick up someone like Coco Crisp. Both the Reds and the Braves are said to be looking for a leadoff hitter/outfielder type and Crisp fits the bill, especially with Denard Span traded to the Nats and Dexter Fowler being taken off the market. Crisp may be a cheaper alternative to expensive FA Michael Bourn.
- 4:45 PM: The Indians have non-tendered 3B Jack Hannahan. Hannahan has played semi-regularly since 2007, but is a defensive oriented 3B who fits best as a utilty player. Rafael Perez, a RP with a career 3.64 ERA has also been non-tendered.
- 4:10 PM: The Atlanta Braves made two interesting NTs, the first is Jair Jurrjens, who broke on the scene with a 13-10, 3.68 ERA in 2008. He won 14 the next year and then 13 in 2011. He's the kind of pitcher who does it with smoke and mirrors these days as he has lost about 4 mph from his fastball. He really struggled in 2012 with a 6.89 ERA and just 3.54 Ks/9IP. The second is Peter Moylan, who was a reliable reliever for Atlanta in 2009 and 2010, but he has missed most of the last two years with injuries. The 34 year old has a career ERA of 2.59. They are expected to try and re-sign Moylan, but Jurrjens will likely be set free.
- 3:58 PM: RHP Mike Pelfrey will be non-tendered by the Mets. He was 15-9, with a 3.66 ERA just two years ago, but is coming off of TJ surgery and won't be ready to open the season.
- 3:51 PM: Ryan Sweeney has been non-tendered. He loosely fits what the Cubs want -- a CF who plays good defense and can get on base a bit (.335 OBP career, not great but not bad by Cubs standards). Bill James projects him to hit .273/.335/.370 next year with a .311 wOBA.
- 3:38 PM: Gordon Wittenmeyer reiterates the news that Hoyer plans to non-tender two players with the intention of re-signing both. I expect those players to be Ian Stewart and Luis Valbuena.
- 3:13 PM: Scott Atchison was non tendered by the Red Sox, an organization he's been with since 2010, so Theo knows him. The 36 year old had a 1.58 ERA in 51.1 IP. He walked 1.58 batters per 9 IP while striking out 6.31. FIP and xFIP are a bit higher but still respectable. Could be Shawn Camp part 2.
- 2:57 PM: Cory Wade has elected free agency. Yes, he had a 6.46 ERA, but the 8.77/1.85 strikeout to walk ratio is oustanding and his xFIP of 3.65 is much more respectable than that ERA. Cheap RH bullpen help who could add value later.
- 2:45 PM: The Pirates have non-tendered RHP Jeff Karstens. Karstens had a solid year and is someone I think the Cubs should consider for a starter or swingman type role. He went 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA. He walked an impressive 1.49 batters per 9 IP while striking out 6.59/9IP. Good ration, nice FIP of 3.38.
- 2:30 PM: Bruce Miles tweets that the Cubs will be under the 40 man roster by the end of the day. In fact, TWO players could get non-tendered. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Ian Stewart is one of them and you have to figure Luis Valbuena is the 2nd guy. Hoyer did say that their hope was that they could re-sign any player they non-tender. In Stewart's case, the salary is too high. With Valbuena, it might just be about creating roster space. If they re-sign him, I'm presuming it would be on a minor league deal.
- 2:15 PM: The Brewers have non-tendered LHP Manny Parra, once considered among their top pitching prospects.
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