Despite making the Opening Day start for the Miami Marlins in 2015, Henderson Alvarez will surprisingly be looking for a new home in 2016. According to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo!Sports, the 25-year-old right-hander has been non-tendered and will become a free agent.
Potentially great arm out there to be had: Marlins have non-tendered Henderson Alvarez, source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2015
Alvarez immediately becomes one of the more interesting names to be non-tendered in recent history. He went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA in 2014 while also leading the league in shutouts with three. Alvarez also threw a no-hitter on September 29, 2013 against the Detroit Tigers.
Staying healthy has always been a concern with Alvarez, however. He spent most of the first half of the 2013 season on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. The Venezuelan pitcher did recover to make 30 starts in 2014, but lasted only four starts this past season before his shoulder issues flared up yet again. Alvarez had shoulder surgery in July, and may miss a large portion of the first half of the 2016 season.
The Marlins had attempted to work out a trade of Alvarez before non-tendering him. It is very surprising that no one bit on a trade, as Alvarez made only $4 million in 2015, and should not see a large raise in arbitration. Some team will pick Alvarez up and wait out his recovery process. There are no guarantees he will return to form, but for a team that can afford to wait, Henderson Alvarez could be a very low-risk/high-upside signing.