Every season Major League Baseball franchises come to a point when they evaluate the existing talent on their team. Players that make up the back-end of the 25-man roster are all under consideration to be non-tendered rather than offered arbitration.
These players are usually making a few million dollars, and are easily replaced by their teams. Perhaps it is a younger player that is developing and ready for major league service, or sometimes it is just that the team grows tired of the player’s failure to live up to expectations and decides to utilize their funds towards another teams failed prospect or free agent.
It is a great time of the year for teams to pick through other teams’ organizations and obtain talented players that just aren’t being cultivated correctly for whatever reason. David Ortiz was non-tendered a contract in 2002 by the Minnesota Twins. The Boston Red Sox signed him to a $1 million deal and the rest is history. If a franchise does its homework, it can sign a very valuable commodity.
Another factor in allowing a player to leave and become a free agent is their salary not fitting in the payroll plans. Constantly in this day and age of inflated salaries, teams have to become more and more creative. A solid player can find himself non-tendered when there are more important free agents on the roster. Injuries, too, can play a part in a player being non-tendered.
There are many factors and each season talented players change hands after this list is finalized. Let’s explore some of the best options out there to be contributors in the 2016 season.