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The idea of players being non-tendered can be a little difficult to understand for regular people who don’t spend their days & nights buried in the fine print of the collective bargaining agreement. “Non-tendering” a player grants him early free agency, forsaking the remaining years of club control while freeing the club from paying his way. Arbitration raise are baked into the system, so the rules dictate players earn raises

After three years of team control where they are entitled to little more than the league minimum, baseball players enter their arbitration years. Their salary slowly begins coming into line with their performance ever so slightly.

Players earn raises based on their service time and performance as laid out in the CBA. Agents and teams have a good understanding as to what a player will earn in arbitration. Sometimes that potential earning rises beyond what a team is willing to pay and, if they cannot work out a trade with another team eager to pay that same price, they can opt not to tender the player a contract, essentially renouncing their rights to the player.

Players can re-sign with their original team for lesser terms once they become a free agent. Even after they hit the free market, the existing service time rules dictate their terms moving forward (i.e. they are still eligible for arbitration but not free agents until the earn six years of service time.)

It can look a little strange from a distance but it goes a long way to “paying back” players after their first three seasons making minimum wage. Think about a player like Mike Trout – think of all the value he already delivered the Angels in the last two years. Darn right he will start making some of that money back.

MLB Trade Rumors publishes their list of players who might get non-tendered, based on the arbitration calculations reverse engineered by Matt Swartz. There is always an entertaining list of players. The non-tenders list always contains a few surprises, players who will go on to produce at their next stop when others counted them out.

There is one good rule of thumb to remember on baseball’s non-tender day: good players do not get non-tendered. It is really that simple. Even as arb costs rise, good players are almost always worth it, because even though they’re expensive, replacing them will only cost more time and money.

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.327/.383/.455 with a nifty 129 wRC+ and a sick b-boy presence.


I often think about how helpful it would have been to have some pointed guidance on my way out of high school and into a post-secondary education. I probably would have used all of that money I borrowed for purposes other than having cool new jeans, a massive record collection, and living in a permanently altered state. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the past, I’m here to talk about the future. If you’re a high school student looking for a career in baseball, then we have something for you.

MLB Trade Rumors is offering guidance in the form of advice via front office executives from 17 Major League Baseball clubs. Tim Dierkes asked general managers and assistant general managers to answer one question: What is one piece of advice would you give to a high school student who hopes to work in baseball operations one day?

The responses range from predictably nebulous (“Play baseball until someone tears the jersey off your back” – Dan Duquette) to pragmatic (“[Do] not get too specific when planning college courses. I believe it is important to be able to write well, speak in front of a group or crowd and be able to articulate your thoughts and compose a defensible argument when discussing any topic” – Rob Antony). For every “follow your passion” clich├ęd response (seriously, Jerry Dipoto said that) there are two suggestions to develop and focus on analytical skills.

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They added a closer. They added a center fielder. They re-signed their first baseman. They strengthened their rotation, both now and in the future.

The Washington Nationals prepare to enter the 2013 season as the best team in baseball. But they still face the toughest decision of this or any offseason: who gets to join the Nationals Ballpark Presidential Race?

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Taking the whole “absurd slapdash animation thing” to a whole new level. High water mark or low level desperation? I’m not yet convinced. Also: probably racist. And homophobic. And factually inaccurate.

Taking a break from trading potential franchise cornerstones, Dayton Moore added a few bodies to the fold in Kansas City on Tuesday. The Royals have signed outfielder Willy Taveras and relief pitchers George Sherrill and Dan Wheeler to minor league contracts, via the club’s official Twitter account.

Taveras has not played Major League Baseball since 2010 when he appeared in 27 games for the Washington Nationals, in addition to stints in Triple-A with affiliates of the Rangers, Phillies, and Braves. The speedy outfielder was out of baseball in 2012, having last played with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.

Sherrill made just two appearances with the Seattle Mariners in 2012 before undergoing elbow surgery. He holds a career ERA of 3.77 and has struck out 320 batters in 324.1 innings. Wheeler pitched briefly for the Cleveland Indians last season, mostly to disastrous results, but was exiled to the minors and eventually released.

All three are expected to receive invites to spring training. There’s not much here, although, Sherrill could prove to be a nice pick up if he bounces back from Tommy John surgery.

Okay, so maybe that headline is a bit of an exaggeration. We all know that those wetsuits don’t offer much in the way of flattery. Still, I’m not going to let a chance at posting a photo of Josh Beckett relaxing on a paddle board while his wife does all the work go by.