morning afternoon, Athletics Nation!
Wednesday brought the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Doing so keeps the players under team control for the 2021 season, with a salary to be determined later, whereas non-tendering them makes them a free agent.
The Oakland A’s had 10 players eligible, and they tendered all 10 of them. Four already agreed to contracts with salary terms.
- 1B Matt Olson — $5 million
- UT Chad Pinder — $2.275 million
- UT Tony Kemp — $1.05 million
- RHP Burch Smith — $0.705 million
Most arbitration contracts aren’t guaranteed until nearly Opening Day, but Pinder’s is reported to be fully guaranteed.
That leaves six other players who received commitments but whose payouts are not yet settled. They’ll either come to an agreement with the team, or a court will decide for them (but it rarely goes to court).
Here’s the list, including a vague estimate of what they might end up earning, based on the MLB Trade Rumors projections combined with the precedents set by the first four signings:
- OF Mark Canha — ~$7 million
- LHP Sean Manaea — ~$5 million
- RHP Chris Bassitt — ~$4 million
- 3B Matt Chapman — ~$4 million
- RHP Frankie Montas — ~$2 million
- RHP Lou Trivino — ~$1 million
While the A’s kept all of their players in the fold, many other teams cut some names loose. In all, 56 players were non-tendered and joined the free agent market. Being non-tendered doesn’t necessarily mean that a player isn’t good, just that their team didn’t think they were worth the increased salary that the system entitled them to, which means there are gems to be found in this crowd every winter. Some will even be re-signed by their old teams at a lower rate, like Mike Fiers did with the A’s two years ago.
Check the MLB News section below for a full list of this year’s non-tenders.
- Nico: The Non-Tendered Player A’s Should Go After
- AN: A’s sign Matt Olson, avoid arbitration
- AN: A’s announce 2021 coaching staff, with new role for Mark Kotsay
MLB News & Interest
- Dierkes: Complete List Of Non-Tendered Players (sorted by position)
- MLB: 56 more players are now free agents (ranked by WAR)
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter
Straily was a sleeper A’s target around the AN community after finding success in Korea, but he’s now off the board
SP Dan Straily is in agreement to return to Lotte Giants of the KBO. 1 year deal. 1.2 mil + 500k in incentives. Per sources.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 2, 2020
A’s minor leaguer Ryan Gridley made the most of a tough summer
While this year for many has been one to forget with sickness, jobs at risk, and uncertainty, I consider it a great honor that I got to mentor so many young players while doing what I love.— Ryan Gridley (@GRIDsquad) December 2, 2020
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Piscotty also helping out with youth sports
If anyone knows about the importance of youth sports in the Bay Area, it's our hometown hero Stephen Piscotty. Join our #BayAreaUnite Giving Tuesday fundraiser to help support our youth baseball & softball programs in the East Bay. #RootedInOakland— Oakland A's (@Athletics) December 2, 2020
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Technically this is a compliment, but maybe not one you brag about too much
Mark Kotsay left a very good impression on the Astros during their managerial search last February, from what I was told. https://t.co/5E0ngh4V4w— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) December 3, 2020
One of many interesting names that’s now available on the non-tender market
Idle thought, but if the A's don't re-sign Tommy La Stella, is Travis Shaw a target for them as a left-handed hitting second baseman? He hasn't played there a ton in the bigs but seemed to handle it fine when he was there.— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) December 3, 2020
There are a couple more players on this list that would make sense as A’s targets
Giants announce they aren't tendering contracts to Tyler Anderson, Daniel Robertson, Melvin Adon, Rico García and Chadwick Tromp. Surprised to see Adon and Tromp on here. I'm also officially starting my "bring Daniel Robertson back to Oakland" campaign.— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) December 3, 2020