Yesterday was the deadline for MLB clubs to offer contracts to the arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man rosters. The Mariners opted to non-tender Tim Beckham, as was expected, and Domingo Santana, which was less expected. In all, 40 players were non-tendered yesterday, more than double the amount of players non-tendered two years ago. As many analysts have pointed out, MLB clubs seem to have put a dollar amount on wins lower than in years past, and a one-plus player set to earn $10M might be considered only to be “worth” half that on the open market, making non-tendering a more attractive option for clubs insistent upon shaving payroll.
There were 40 players eligible for arbitration who were non-tendered today. Last year, that number was 27. The year before, 19.
Teams are clearly being aggressive with tenders, recognizing that if there is better value on the open market, using the arb system is not necessary.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2019
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