Non-Tender is the Night
As expected, the Cubs opted not to tender a 2010 Major League contract to LHP Neal Cotts, making Cotts a free-agenct. Cotts would have been eligible for salary arbitration if he had been tendered a contract, and could not have had his $1.1M 2009 salary cut by more than 20%. So Non-tendering Cotts will save the Cubs about $1M in 2010 payroll, and reduces the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) to 37 players.
Cotts underwent "Tommy John" elbow surgery last July and has been rehabbing at Fitch Park for the past several months, so he might agree to sign a 2010 minor league ciontract with the Cubs so that he can continue his rehab uninterrupted at the same place and with the same training staff. It's unlikely that he would get a better deal elsewhere.
The Cubs did tender 2010 MLB contracts to their eight other arbitration-eligible players, as well as to all 19 of their pre-arbitration ("auto-renewal") guys.
Should a tendered player who is eligible for salary arbitration fail to reach agreement with his club on a 2010 contract, the player or the club can file for arbitration during a ten-day period beginning on January 5th.
Pre-arbitration ("auto-renewal") tendered players can have their contracts unilaterally and automatically renewed by their club if the player and the club have not reached agreement on a 2010 contract by the first week of March.
Here is the complete list of non-tendered players:
Brian Bass, RHP
BOSTON RED SOX
Brian Anderson, OF
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
D.J. Carrasco, RHP
Adam Miller, RHP
Anthony Reyes, RHP
Jose Veras, RHP
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Josh Anderson, C
John Buck, C
LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Jose Arrendondo, RHP
Matthew Brown, INF
Dustin Moseley, RHP
NEW YORK YANKEES
Chien-Ming Wang, RHP
Jack Cust, 1B-DH
Ryan Langerhans, OF
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Gabe Gross, OF
Shawn Riggans, C
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Raul Chavez, C
Josh Whitesell, 1B
Ryan Church, OF
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Neal Cotts, LHP
Garrett Atkins, 3B
Jonny Gomes, OF
Alfredo Amezaga, IF-OF
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Mark DiFelice, RHP
Seth McClung, RHP
Mike Rivera, C
NEW YORK METS
Lance Broadway, RHP
Tim Redding, RHP
Jeremy Reed, OF
Cory Sullivan, OF
Clay Condrey, RHP
Matt Capps, RHP
Phil Dumatrait, LHP
ST LOUIS CARDINALS
SAN DIEGO PADRES
Jackson Quezada, RHP
Mark Worrell, RHP
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Ryan Garko, 1B
Mike MacDougal, RHP
Scott Olsen, LHP
AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.
Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...
Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.
The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request
Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"
To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.
HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.
Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.
"they just fade away"
(Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)
Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.
I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.
AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?
He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.
Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.
I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.
I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).
Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.
"What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "
As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.
Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.
Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer