Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition #4 – Non -Tendered Players


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Baltimore’s Mark Reynolds was among the list of non-tendered players today

Editor’s Note: Across the Diamond: Hot Stove League Edition is a new weekly column that will appear on Baseball News Source every Friday and detail free agent and trade talk at every position. This week we are adding the list of non-tendered players.

Today was the day teams had to make decisions on whether to tender contracts on arbitration eligible players. All decisions must be in by 11:59 PM pm EDT,

This list will be updated frequently and of course we will make commentary along the way on the players that appear on the list.

Next week the annual MLB Winter Meetings start in Nashville.

National League Non-Tenders

Washington Nationals – John Lannan, Tom Gorzelanny and Jesus Flores

Milwaukee BrewersManny Parra

Pittsburgh PiratesJeff Karstens

Philadelphia PhilliesNate Schierholtz

Atlanta Braves – Jair Jurrjens and Peter Moylan

New York Mets – Mike Pelfrey, Andres Torres, Manny Acosta

San Diego Padres – Juan Oramas

Chicago Cubs – Ian StewartJaye Chapman, and Zach Putnam

San Francisco GiantsBrian Wilson – Wilson is coming off  Tommy John surgery and made $8.5 million last year.

Tampa Bay Rays –  Ben Francisco

American League Non-Tenders

Baltimore Orioles Mark Reynolds , Omar Quintanilla and Stuart Pomeranz, – Reynolds should draw much interest on the open market, but didn’t close the door on returning to Baltimore.

Boston Red Sox –  Rich HillRyan Sweeney, and Scott Atchison –

Chicago White Sox  Anthony Carter , Dan Johnson

Dertoit Tigers – Daniel Schlereth

Oakland Athletics –  Jermaine Mitchell

Cleveland Indians – Jack HannahanRafael Perez and Chris Seddon

Kansas City Royals – Derrick Robinson

Texas Rangers – Geovany SotoBrandon Snyder, and Jacob Brigham

Seattle MarinersJosh Kinney

Toronto Blue JaysBobby Wilson

More Hot Stove News

Pitchers

Zack Greinke met with Dodgers officials this week and the Angels remain interested along with the Rangers. Greinke is reportedly seeking a deal of at least six years for as much as $25 million per season. assuming that is true, for those of you following closely that narrows the list pretty quickly, to a team on the West Coast in LA.

Ryan Dempster could prove to be a more cost-effective option for the Angels, and has drawn interest from the Brewers and Red Sox as well.

R.A. Dickey has made it clear he is willing to accept a two-year deal and continues to negotiate with New York Mets. The Diamondbacks have interest in free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy

Catchers

With Russell Martin signing with Pittsburgh  the market for A.J. Pierzynski is intensifying. The Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has tried to secure Pierzynski in the past losing out on the free agent catcher two years ago to the White Sox.

The White Sox remain interested in bringing him back but maybe committed to young catcher Tyler Flowers for 2013. Michael Morse has suddenly become available with the acquisition of Denard Span and the outfielder first baseman will surely have some interest. BNS Yankees columnist wrote  Morse would be a good fit in New York. Expect Boston to weigh in on Morse as well

First Base

The Red Sox are talking with free-agent Adam LaRoche and maintain an interest in Mike Napoli as well. Naopli has talked with the Mariners and Rangers who have shown an interest in free and him back. With Baltimore non-tendering Mark Reynolds another name is added to the list of potential first baseman. Expect Tampa Bay to make contact with Reynolds.

Aubrey Huff is drawing interest from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Huff hit .192/.326/.282 with one home run and a .608 OPS in 95 plate appearances with the Giants this past season. The Diamondbacks presumably see it Huff as a backup corner infielder.

Second Base

The Diamondbacks, Rays, and Cubs are among  teams interested in signing versatile free-agent infielder Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger hit .325/.367/.439 in 418 plate appearances with the Rays in 2012 and can play multiple positions. Keppinger recently broke his right fibula falling doen the stairs but is expected to be ready for spring training.

Shortstop

The Giants remained the front runners to re-sign SS/2B Marco Scutaro and Buster Olney of ESPN thinks the team will find a way to re-sign him.  Asdrubal Cabrera is the subject of  trade discussion as the Indians seek to upgrade their starting pitching, which is what it’s going to take to get Cabrera in a trade. Stephen Drew has drawn some interest from the Red Sox as has Alex Gonzalez, but the team is expected to give prospect Jose Iglesias a shot at the job this spring.

Third Base

As expected David Wright signed a new deal with the Mets. Kevin Youkilis hit .235/.336/.409 in 509 plate appearances last year and reportedly has six teams interested in the 33-year-old. The Marlins, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, are all said to be interested, however the White Sox may want him back

 

Outfield

With B.J. Upton off the market having signed with the Atlanta Braves this week, the market for Angel Pagan, Michael Bourn and Josh Hamilton is expected to get hot and heavy. Bourn, 29, is the best remaining center fielder on the market and you can add the Cubs to the list of teams interested in acquiring his services.

The Reds and Giants are reportedly interested in Pagan. You can add the Phillies to the list. The Braves may have interest in free agent outfielders Ryan LudwickShane Victorino, and Cody Ross and that’s after signing Upton. Boston has in the out field.  Nick Swisher and  Ross would fit the bill.

Hamilton remains on the Rangers radar, and the two sides may be in a reconciliation period. GM Jon Daniels has remained in contact with Hamilton’s agent. Philadelphia, Boston, Milwaukee, Seattle, have all been mentioned as being involved in the Hamilton sweepstakes.