Major League Baseball’s deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, with players who are non-tendered immediately becoming free agents.
Players who are tendered a contract remain under team control and will agree on contract numbers at a later date.
A team’s decision to tender a contract depends on its calculus about whether that player is worth the estimate that they would receive in arbitration for 2022.
While these players can still be dealt ahead of Monday’s deadline, here are some of the biggest names who could be non-tendered and hit the free agent market:
(Arbitration estimates for 2022 via MLB Trade Rumors)
1B Luke Voit, Yankees ($5.4 million) – The Yankees may very well have a good plan for the winter, but they’ve already been lapped in the free agent market by the end of November. Voit has hit 68 home runs with an .883 OPS in 281 games for the Yankees, leading the majors with 22 homers in the shortened 2020 season, but will the team commit to him at first in 2022?
OF Adam Duvall, Braves ($9.1 million) – The Braves non-tendered Duvall last winter, then he signed with the Marlins, he was traded back to Atlanta in July and the team went on to win it all. There’s uncertainty in the Braves’ outfield heading into 2022 and bringing Duvall back is a low-risk move – but the club may decide that money would be better spent elsewhere.
LHP Matthew Boyd, Tigers ($7.3 million) – Boyd is coming off surgery and is expected to be out until the summer, so it’s likely the longtime Tigers starter will be non-tendered. He’ll become an interesting option on the free agent market, with teams surely willing to take a flier on a lefty who has a 4.75 ERA in 727 innings since 2016.
1B Jesus Aguilar, Marlins ($7.4 million) – The Marlins appear committed to winning, already signing free agent outfielder Avisail Garcia to a $53 million deal. Aguilar is a popular player who seems to have found consistency in Miami, but a right-handed power hitter may be a prime candidate to be replaced to save some money.
LHP Taylor Rogers, Twins ($6.7 million) – An All-Star in 2021, Rogers has a 3.15 ERA in 319 games since 2016 and has been one of baseball’s most consistent relievers. He would be one of Minnesota’s highest-paid players next year, and the decision around his contract could be a hint on which direction the front office intends to go this offseason.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB rumors, non-tender deadline candidates: Top five names to watch
Source: Yahoo Sports