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, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.