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
I love winning! It's, like, better than losing?
You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.
Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same.
New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.
Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.
I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.
The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.
Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.
6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.
And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.
What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?
Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...
I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."
OK, boys -- find a way to win today.
There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:
-6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100
Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel
Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.
Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.
For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.