12 December 2009
Midnight on December 12th is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to all players on their roster. If they choose to non-tender the player, or not offer a contract, the player becomes a free agent and can sign with any team. Several prominent players were non-tendered this week: Garrett Atkins (COL), Ryan Garko (SF), Kelly Johnson (ATL), Ryan Church (ATL), Jack Cust (OAK), Jonny Gomes (CIN), Chien-Ming Wang (NYY), Matt Capps (PIT).
Could any of these players help the Diamondbacks? Here are a few to consider:
is a possibility. Atkins can play either 1B or 3B, and could be a right-handed platoon partner for Brandon Allen. Atkins struggled offensively last year, but does have a lifetime .301/.384./.486 line against LHP. Atkins's stats have been inflated by playing in Coors Field, but he should be a decent platoon partner. He did earn $7M in 2009, but should be much cheaper this year.
A cheaper alternative to Atkins is Ryan Garko
, who was non-tendered by the Giants. Garko flopped after his trade to the Giants last year, but does have a lifetime .887 OPS against LHP. Garko earned around $0.5M last year.
If the D'backs decide that the Abreu/Roberts/Ryal group doesn't cut it at 2B, Kelly Johnson
could be an option. Johnson hit well in 2007 (116 OPS+) and 2008 (109 OPS+), but dropped to an 83 OPS+ last season. Johnson should be a decent hitter, but he's below average defensively, and probably would not be much of an upgrade over Tony Abreu. Johnson earned $2.8M in 2009.
In the outfield, Ryan Church
is a possibility, if Conor Jackson ends up starting at 1B. Church is an excellent defensive outfielder in RF or LF, and an OK hitter (OPS+ ~ 100). He could be a slight upgrade over Gerardo Parra. Church earned $2.8M in 2009.
is a very good hitter, but a pretty poor defensive player. Gomes' lifetime .914 OPS against LHP would be nice to have around, and he only cost around $1M last year.
Pitcher Matt Capps
was the Pirates' closer from 2007-2009, with 67 career saves. Like most of today's non-tenders, Capps had a poor 2009, seeing his ERA jump to 5.80, and his walks and home runs go way up. His career ERA is still only 3.61, and he's only 26, so he's a decent bet to turn his career back around. Capps earned $2.3M in 2009.
Pitcher D.J. Carrasco
led all AL relief pitcher in IP with 89.1, and had a 3.76 ERA in 2009. Carrasco can start or pitch multiple innings in relief. Carrasco only earned $440K in 2009.
Here is a list of players who are now free agents:
John Buck, KC - signed with Blue Jays, 1 Yr/$2M
Raul Chavez, TOR - re-signed with Blue Jays
Shawn Riggans, TB
Mike Rivera, MIL
Garrett Atkins, COL
Ryan Garko, SFG
Josh Whitesell, ARI
Kelly Johnson, ATL
Ryan Church, ATL
Jonny Gomes, CIN
Jack Cust, OAK
Gabe Gross, TB
Ryan Langerhans, SEA
Alfredo Amezaga, FLA
Brian Anderson, BOS
Jeremy Reed, NYM
Cory Sullivan, NYM
Anthony Reyes, CLE - re-signed with Indians
Chien-Ming Wang, NYY (out until July?)
Scott Olsen, WAS - re-signed with Nats
Tim Redding, NYM
Dustin Moseley, LAA
Matt Capps, PIT
D.J. Carrasco, CWS
Mike Macdougal, WAS
Jose Arredondo, LAA (out for 2010)
Brian Bass, BAL
Seth McClung, MIL
Neal Cotts, CHC
Lance Broadway, NYM