It’s been a busy stretch at Beerleaguer HQ, and it’s fortunate the Phillies hot stove has cooled. In the interest of starting a new thread, here’s the official MLB non-tender list.
As expected, the Phillies will head to arbitration with all their eligible players. Expect few surprises, although the team could attempt to secure Chase Utley past the point when he becomes a free agent.
The club might have been hoping for some better names to shake loose around baseball, particularly in the area of veteran catcher and in the outfield. The biggest name to fall was Braves second baseman Marcus Giles. Here's a guy who hit 21 homers a couple seasons back and was a proverbial top 2B pick in fantasy leagues. Last season, the Braves handed him the leadoff spot for the entire season when they lost Rafael Furcal to the Dodgers, and he basically fell on his face, slugging a mere .387.
So what’s the deal? The Braves attempted to trade him at the winter meetings, but reports said interest was "tepid, at best." There is a general belief his best years are behind him, plus, there was some thought he’d become available anyway. The Atlanta paper is calling this a financial decision based on Giles’ declined production and rising salary, which would have been close to $6 million if the Braves tendered him a contract. Giles becomes a free agent after the 2007 season.
For now, he's unemployed (not for long probably). He and brother Brian always struck me as a little unnaturally powerful for players their size. Last season, it was my observation that Giles, a former 53rd round draft pick, looked positively tiny.
The Phillies, of course, have no interest. Here's the list of the other non-tendered players.
Angels: Jason Bulger, RHP; A's: Jerome Williams, RHP; Mariners: Joel Pineiro, RHP; Orioles: David Newman, OF; Aaron Rakers, RHP; Todd Williams, RHP; Rangers: Mike Wood, RHP; Rays: Damon Hollins, OF; Royals: Scott Dohmann, RHP; Brandon Duckworth, RHP; Tigers: Alexis Gomez, OF; Twins: Luis Rodriguez, INF; Willie Eyre, RHP; White Sox: Eduardo Sierra, RHP; Yankees: Aaron Guiel, OF; Braves: Marcus Giles, 2B; Chris Reitsma, RHP; Cardinals: Rick Ankiel, OF; Jorge Sosa, RHP; Cubs: Jose Reyes, C; Adam Harben, RHP; Dodgers: Toby Hall, C; Jayson Werth, OF; Mets: Victor Zambrano, RHP; Padres: Jon Knott, OF; Reds: Brandon Claussen, LHP; Miguel Perez, C; Rockies: Chin-hui Tsao, RHP.
Based on their needs, the Phillies might look at left-hand hitting Aaron Guiel, who was a nice late-season addition for the Yanks. Personally, I'd prefer a bat with better beef. Toby Hall could be given consideration for a backup catcher role. Pitcher Jorge Sosa went 13-3 in 2005, but lost his mojo once Leo Mazzone left town. Jerome Williams is a talented but wildly inconsistent pitcher they could also consider for insurance purposes.