The deadline for teams to tender contracts to players has passed, leaving a number of players looking for new deals. Here, we take a look at the newest free agents from the National Leauge
Last night was the deadline for teams to tender contracts and this morning, the free agent pool has gotten a bit deeper. Here is a look at the non-tendered players in the National League.
Chicago Cubs: Third baseman Ian Stewart, reliever Jaye Chapman and reliever Zach Putnam
Atlanta Braves: starter Jair Jurrjens and reliever Peter Moylan
Milwaukee Brewers: starter/reliever Manny Parra
Arizona Diamondbacks: catcher Wil Nieves
New York Mets: starter Mike Pelfrey, reliever Manny Acosta and center fielder Andres Torres
San Diego Padres: minor league starter Juan Oramas
Pittsburgh Pirates: starter Jeff Karstens
Philadelphia Phillies: outfielder Nate Schierholtz
Cincinnati Reds: Denis Phipps and Kris Negron. Cincinnati re-signed both players on minor league contracts following the non-tender deadline.
Washington Nationals: starter John Lannan, reliever Tom Gorzelanny and catcher Jesus Flores
These players are now free agents and can sign with any club, including the team that non-tendered them. While many of these decisions represent teams cutting ties with spare parts or under performers, many players will likely be retained by their original team, either on a minor league contract (as Phipps and Negron have already done) or at a price below their expected arbitration rate. Several players, like former Braves starter Jair Jurrjens and ex-Nationals John Lannan and Tom Gorzelanny, will certainly draw some interest from teams this off-season.