These notable names could become FAs

November 29th, 2018

The deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is tonight at 8 p.m. ET. There are several interesting decisions clubs will face as the deadline approaches, which could result in several players hitting the free-agent market should they not receive a contract for the 2019 season. Here's a rundown of every club's arbitration-eligible players, as well as which may be non-tender candidates:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: 

Toronto's 40-man roster is full, so space will need to be created if the club has any intentions of adding through free agency or trade. The most likely candidate to be non-tendered is Solarte, who had his $5.5 million club option bought out for $750,000. The option would likely have been cheaper than what Solarte would be awarded in arbitration, so it's very likely he'll be cut loose. More >

Orioles:

Of the five arbitration-eligible players on Baltimore's roster, the one most likely to be non-tendered is Beckham, given how much of a decline he saw at the plate in 2018. Following a trade from the Rays in mid-2017, he finished that season hitting .306/.348/.523 with 10 home runs in 50 games. But last season, the 28-year-old infielder slashed just .230/.287/.374 with 12 homers in 96 games. More >

Rays: Will not non-tender anyone

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported on Friday that the Rays, who figured to be one of the least-active clubs leading up to the deadline, will not non-tender any of their four arbitration-eligible players, as each figures to play a focal role in 2019. Catcher Mike Zunino and center fielder Tommy Pham were both brought in to contribute via trade, third baseman  had a bounce-back year at the plate, and right-hander  was a reliable bullpen piece. More >

Red Sox: Will not non-tender anyone

The leading candidate for a non-tender by the Red Sox was Tyler Thornburg, who has only appeared in 25 games for Boston since being acquired prior to the 2017 season from the Brewers in the deal that sent to Milwaukee. But the two sides agreed to a one-year contract for 2019, avoiding arbitration. The question: Will he return to form or continue to struggle after posting a 5.63 ERA upon his return?

Yankees: Will not non-tender anyone

The Yankees are weighing extension offers for , Didi Gregorius and , and given that general manager Brian Cashman has said his intention is to trade , it's very likely New York will tender all its arbitration-eligible players a contract before the deadline. More >

AL CENTRAL

Indians: 

While it would have been unthinkable just a couple of years ago, it's possible Cleveland non-tenders Salazar given its financial constraints. The 28-year-old, who started the 2013 AL Wild Card Game for the Tribe and was an All-Star in '16, has been injured for much of his career, including an '18 season in which he didn't pitch at any level due to shoulder inflammation. , who faded in the second half last season, could also be non-tendered. More >

Royals: Not non-tendering anyone

Kansas City tendered contracts to all three of its arbitration-eligible players -- , left-hander and right-hander -- on Thursday. More >

Tigers: 

The big question facing the Tigers is whether they will tender a contract to McCann. He's an excellent defensive catcher and works well with the pitching staff, but he had a poor offensive season in 2018 after he finished the '17 season strong at the plate. He slashed just .220/.267/.314 with eight homers in 118 games for Detroit last season. More >

Twins: Robbie Grossman

The Twins may tender contracts to all 10 of their arbitration-eligible players, but the only non-lock appears to be Grossman, after agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal on Thursday. Grossman put up solid numbers at the plate in 2018, but he's lacking in the power department and on the defensive end. With the additions of C.J. Cron and , that could spell a non-tender. Adrianza could be needed for middle-infield depth, unless the Twins fill that need via free agency. More >

White Sox: 

Garcia appears to be the only player in any real danger of being non-tendered. Hampered by a strained right hamstring and right knee pain that limited him to 93 games last season, the 27-year-old right fielder hit .236/.281/.438 with 19 homers. Though he was an All-Star in 2017, posting an .885 OPS with 18 homers in 136 games, he's been hurt much of his career and there are a lot of outfield prospects in Chicago's farm system, including baseball's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, . More >

AL WEST

Angels: JC Ramirez,

Two pitchers stand out as potential non-tender candidates for the Angels: Ramirez and Shoemaker. Ramirez underwent Tommy John surgery and isn't expected to be able to pitch again until late May at the earliest. With Shoemaker come questions about durability and consistency, given his injury history and a 4.64 ERA in 21 starts over the past two seasons. More >

Astros: Will Harris, 

The only two players the Astros might non-tender are Marisnick and Harris, but both offer enough value to either keep them on the roster or potentially trade them, meaning Houston may tender contracts to all 11 of its arbitration-eligible players. More >

Athletics: , Mike Fiers, , ,

The six players the A's really face a decision on are Hendriks, Fiers, Graveman, Gearrin, Bassitt and Dull. Hendriks was designated for assignment last June, but he worked on his mechanics and ended up becoming the club's "opener," including in the AL Wild Card Game. Given his rebound, he is more likely than not to be tendered a contract. Fiers pitched well for the A's after being traded from Detroit, but his price tag may be too high. Graveman will likely be non-tendered after undergoing Tommy John surgery. With little depth at catcher, Josh Phegley signed a one-year deal worth $1.075 million, per MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, to avoid arbitration on Thursday. Gearrin could be non-tendered given Oakland's bullpen depth, but Bassitt and Dull are economical and could remain for pitching depth. More >

Mariners: Unlikely to non-tender anyone

Seattle is expected to tender contracts to both relievers eligible, as Alex Colome and both turned in strong performances last season and figure to be key pieces in the bullpen in 2019. While Colome is expected to get a sizable raise in arbitration, Elias is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and will come at a lower cost. More >

Rangers: Unlikely to non-tender anyone

Texas plans on tendering contracts to all four of its arbitration-eligible players, particularly and . Mazara is one of the big bats in the middle of the Rangers lineup, and Profar figures to be the starting third baseman with  retired. More >

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: ,

The two players most likely to be non-tendered in this group are Duvall and Vizcaino. Following some solid seasons with the Reds, including an All-Star campaign in 2016, Duvall hit just .132 with one extra-base hit after being dealt to Atlanta in July. Vizcaino was impressive in '17, but injury limited his '18 season to 39 appearances, though he did own a 2.11 ERA. The Braves will have to weigh whether their expected salaries are worth keeping them on the roster. More >

Marlins: Will not non-tender anyone

Feinsand reported on Friday that the Marlins will not non-tender any of their arbitration-eligible players. Right-hander Dan Straily was the only tough call, given that the Marlins have several young pitchers in the farm system getting close to making big league debuts. More >

Mets: ,

d'Arnaud and Flores are the candidates most likely to be non-tendered. A non-tender of d'Arnaud, an oft-injured backstop who is averaging only 73 games per season, would signal that the Mets are likely to pursue an upgrade at the catcher position via free agency, with as the backup. Flores, meanwhile, is becoming an expensive bench bat. More > 

Nationals: Sammy Solis

The only player that might be non-tendered by Washington is Solis, who despite his big upside has struggled over the past two seasons, posting a 6.20 ERA in 86 appearances in that span. Will the Nats take a gamble on the potential in Solis' left arm, or will they cut him loose? More >

Phillies: , ,

With and on the roster, Bour is a certainty to be non-tendered and has already cleared waivers. The other two players to watch are relievers Garcia and Avilan. Garcia posted a 6.07 ERA in 59 appearances last season, but he did have a 3.51 FIP. With Philadelphia pursuing left-handed free agents and Zach Britton, Avilan may become expendable. More >

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: , Dan Jennings

Feinsand reported on Friday that the Brewers could go down to the deadline in an attempt to trade Schoop, whose arbitration figures may reach eight figures should Milwaukee retain him. Others to watch as the deadline approaches are Saladino, Jennings and . Schoop's case is particularly tricky, given the player he was in 2017, when he slashed .293/.338/.503 with 32 homers for Baltimore, and the regression he experienced in '18, when he hit just .233/.266/.416 with 21 homers in 131 games between the Orioles and Brewers. More >

Cardinals: 

Of the four arbitration-eligible St. Louis players, only one might be non-tendered, and that's Shreve, though Feinsand reported on Friday that it's "doubtful" St. Louis will non-tender anyone. The Cardinals acquired the 28-year-old Shreve from the Yankees last season, hoping he would be the lock-down lefty they needed in the bullpen. But he struggled, particularly in the home run department, surrendering three in 14 2/3 innings down the stretch. St. Louis might also be a player in the free-agent market for left-handed relievers. More >

Cubs: Unlikely to non-tender anyone 

, who is serving a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy and has seen his performance at the plate decline the past couple of seasons, was the Cubs' biggest question mark among arbitration-eligible players. But the club has opted to tender him a contract for 2019. More >

Pirates: Unlikely to non-tender anyone

Pittsburgh will likely tender contracts to all three of its arbitration-eligible players. Corey Dickerson is a lock, as he posted a .300/.330/.474 line and won a Gold Glove Award in left field during his first season with the Pirates. had a strong season as well, posting a 3.29 ERA in 54 appearances between the Rangers and Pirates. Though he had an up-and-down season in 2018, the 25-year-old has a power arm and upside that will likely prompt the club to tender him a contract as well. More >

Reds: Non-tendered

The Reds did not tender a contract to Hamilton on Friday, making the speedy center fielder a free agent. Hamilton, who earned $4.6 million in 2018, his second year of arbitration eligibility, has recorded 277 stolen bases and 51 Defensive Runs Saved in 690 career games, but he has often struggled with the bat. The 28-year-old owns a lifetime .245/.298/.333 slash line, with a 70 OPS+. The Reds will likely tender a contract to their other five arbitration-eligible players. More >

NL WEST

D-backs: Brad Boxberger, , Chris Owings

There are a few interesting decisions Arizona will have to make as the non-tender deadline approaches. Miller, whom the D-backs acquired in a trade that cost them Dansby Swanson and , has only made 28 starts over three seasons since the deal, with a 6.35 ERA. Owings is another non-tender candidate, given an unproductive 2018 campaign in which he hit .206/.272/.302 in 106 games. Boxberger, who lost his closer role down the stretch, is another non-tender candidate to watch. More >

Dodgers: Josh Fields, Tony Cingrani,

A trio of relievers could be non-tendered by the two-time defending NL champions, but the remaining seven arbitration-eligible players on the Dodgers roster are locks to be retained. Fields, Cingrani and Garcia all had arm troubles in 2018, and each was left off the Dodgers' postseason roster. More >

Giants: Joe Panik

New president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will face a decision on the club's arbitration-eligible players. All have played prominent roles for the Giants in recent years but have also had their share of struggles. Panik is the most prominent name on the list. Injuries limited him to 102 games last season, in which he posted a career-low .639 OPS. More >

Padres: Unlikely to non-tender anyone

San Diego will likely tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players. The only possible question mark is , after he posted a 5.42 ERA in 16 appearances (11 starts) in an injury-shortened 2018 campaign. He did finish the season strong by posting a 2.19 ERA in four September starts. More >

Rockies: , Tony Wolters

The big question looming over this offseason for Colorado is whether the club can sign to an extension, with the superstar third baseman headed for a potentially record-breaking arbitration salary. But beyond that, Bettis and Wolters present questions about whether the club will tender them contracts, particularly in Wolters' case, with the Rockies in the market for an upgrade behind the plate. The Rockies tendered a one-year contract with left-handed reliever Chris Rusin on Thursday for $1.6875 million, per Heyman. More >