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It's a great day for non-tendering! (An interactive experience)
2005-12-20 22:15
by Bob Timmermann

Today is the deadline to tender contracts to players who are eligible for arbitration. It's supposed to be at midnight and I'm guessing that's Eastern Time. Or maybe it's midnight wherever the player is, if so, there might be some Japanese players who are free agents.

However, there will be a lot of transactions today. A lot. A whole lot. And I don't intend to keep putting up a new link for each team's list of nontenders. So keep your eye out for this link and I will keep adding links to stories about players who are going to go on the market or not go on the market.

And if you have a link to a story, feel free to drop it in the comments and I'll try my best to keep up.

You can keep refreshing the transactions page to see when the news becomes more or less "official".

Update Some minor transactions: Rudy Seanez signs with Boston.

David Newhan, Geronimo Gil, and John Parrish are back with Baltimore.

Update 2 Chris Hammond signs with the Reds.

John McDonald will stick with Toronto.

Update 3 The Padres offered arbitration to Pedro Astacio, who said no thanks. Miguel Olivo was offered arbitration. Craig Breslow, Dewon Brazelton, David Ross, and Pete LaForest are fair game.

The Cubs tendered contracts to everybody they could. That means Juan Pierre and Corey Patterson. As well guys like Carlos Zambrano, Mark Prior, Will Ohman, and Jerry Hairston Jr.

Update 4 Ramon Ortiz and Joe Valentine are non-tendered by the Reds.

Jose Acevedo is liked by the Rockies, but not well-liked and is a free agent.

Update 5 The Red Sox have non-tendered Wade Miller and Chad Bradford.

The Twins non-tendered Grant Balfour.

The Mets have non-tendered Tyler Yates and Wayne Lydon.

Update 6 The Cubs have signed, according to ESPN radio in Chicago Jacque Jones to a three-year deal.

Octavio Dotel has signed a 1-year, $2 million contract with the Yankees.

Update 7 This just in! The Oakland A's have non-tendered: Hiram Bocachica. Go back to watching the New Orleans Bowl.

Update 8 And Hee-Seop Choi was .... signed to a new contract by the Dodgers.

Update 9 The holder of the record for longest shutout streak in Tampa Bay history, Joe Borowski has been released. Apparently everybody else is coming back. Meanwhile Arkansas State has tied Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl 3-3 in the second quarter.

Update 10, or perhaps Update 8a The Dodgers have non-tendered Mike Edwards, Bryan Myrow, and Jason Phillips.

Update 11 The Brewers have non-tendered Dan Kolb and Jeff Bennett. The Brewers hope to re-sign Kolb to a cheaper deal. Russell Branyan and Kane Davis agreed to new contracts. And it's 10-10 at halftime of the New Orleans Bowl. Southern Miss was a 17-point favorite in the game.

Update 12 An eerie quiet has fallen over Nontenderland. Some teams are going down to the wire (midnight ET). Others have PR departments that don't care or are on vacation. Or perhaps they are wrapped up in the exciting end of the New Orleans Bowl. Southern Miss leads Arkansas State 24-19 in the third quarter....

Update 13 The Mariners have non-tendered Ryan Franklin, Jamal Strong, and Cha Seung Baek. And Southern Mississippi won the New Orleans Bowl 31-19! Tomorrow is the GMAC Bowl between UTEP and Toledo!

Update 14 The Yankees are not bringing back Wayne Franklin. Shawn Chacon and Aaron Small were offered abritration. Small did refuse the chance to buy his soul back from Satan.

Update 15 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a list of arbitration-eligible players. There are still a few precincts that haven't reported.

Update 16 The Houston Astros took care of all four arbitration eligible players they had. The most notable name among this group is Brad Lidge.

Atlanta didn't tender contracts to Jim Brower and Wes Obermueller.

The White Sox are expected to not tender contracts to Willie Harris, Timo Perez, and Felix Diaz.

Update 17 Some more precincts trickle in. The Nationals don't offer contracts to Junior Spivey and T.J. Tucker. However, Tucker has signed a minor-league contract. Still not reporting: Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, the Angels, Arizona, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Texas, Kansas City, Detroit. I think.

Update 18 For those worrying about the fate of Larry Bigbie, he's been resigned. But four others aren't coming back: Mike Lincoln, Mike Mahoney, Scott Seabol, and Bo Hart.

And finally.... AP runs a summary of all 50 non-tendered free agents. I can now do my laundry in peace.

2005-12-20 10:36:27
1.   Daniel Zappala
Since the Dodgers have signed Chris Truby to a minor league contract, I thought it worthwhile to point out this funny article:

2005-12-20 13:37:06
2.   Derek Smart
So, if you're a player, and you're offered a contract, does that mean you've been tenderized?
2005-12-20 13:47:22
3.   For The Turnstiles
Rosenthal is reporting that Octavio Dotel has signed with the Yankees.
2005-12-20 13:51:42
4.   Bob Timmermann
Unlike BTF, if I posted every Rosenthal link, this would be a very long blog.
2005-12-20 13:53:08
5.   For The Turnstiles
Wait, you mean it isn't already a very long blog?
2005-12-20 13:54:54
6.   Bob Timmermann
Well, I actually don't write much in the way of editorial content.

Not until the regular season starts.

2005-12-20 16:21:05
7.   Daniel Zappala
Given the theme today, you might enjoy "This Day in Sports" from the NY Times, detailing the 1926 trade of Roger Hornsby from the Cardinals to the NY Giants, for Frank Frisch and Jimmy Ring. Amazingly, Hornsby had just won the World Series with the Cardinals the previous year as their manager.

Priceless quote from Frank Frisch, given in a "listless" tone: "It's pretty hot out there, but I suppose I'll play."

2005-12-20 17:22:11
8.   Bob Timmermann
It was a lot easier to trade Rogers Hornsby because he was, to put it nicely, a jerk.
2005-12-20 17:41:29
9.   Cliff Corcoran
The Dodgers have re-signed Hee Seop Choi to a one-year deal. I imagine they'll now try to trade him.
2005-12-20 17:45:37
10.   Bob Timmermann
The people at Dodger Thoughts have been rumored to carry on long conversations about this man named Choi....
2005-12-20 17:48:15
11.   Ken Arneson
The Red Sox are going around trying to trade for every middle reliever on the planet, and then they non-tender Chad Bradford? Weird.
2005-12-21 06:57:02
12.   Sam DC
Let me know if you need us to send over some oxygen.
2005-12-21 09:56:04
13.   Slikk
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Bob, I am looking forward to coming to your site every morning instead of stupid espn to keep up with the baseball season. I have a feeling you'll do it the way it should be done.

2005-12-21 15:12:34
14.   Bob Timmermann
Thank you! I go to so you don't have to. Consider it a public service.

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