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Jeff McNeil New York Mets

Baseball claims the front and back covers of the New York Post the last two days. You gotta love it.

https://nypost.com/covers/

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Zack Wheeler Philadelphia Phillies

Not the Yankees but the next worst for Mets fans.

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Donovan Solano San Francisco Giants

Signed a one-year deal with the Giants for $1.375 million, avoiding arbitration.

Smart move.

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Kevin Pillar San Francisco Giants

I'm thinking the answer is all that were non-tendered will get less. The process of non-tendering players has to drive down the value of each individually, but because they are then reintroduced into the Free Agent pool, the value of the total also should take a hit. From a business perspective, a smart move. From a we want to see baseball played in 2022....not so much. The PA has to be very upset with what they are seeing.

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Cesar Hernandez Philadelphia Phillies

He was indeed non-tendered.

Did he have a choice? Or did the Phillies say sign today (Monday) for X amount or we will non-tender you?

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C.J. Cron Minnesota Twins

Seems like a candidate (along with every other 1B, 3B, and corner outfielder) for the Brewers.

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Cole Hamels Chicago Cubs

Headed to Atlanta. Preferred a one-year high AAV of 18M over other possible deals.

Wants to have a show-me type of season and try again.

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Alex Dickerson San Francisco Giants

Signed with the Giants for $925,000, avoiding arbitration.

Actually, what I'm pretty sure he avoided was being non-tendered.

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Addison Russell Chicago Cubs

I wonder how leery teams will be of him with the off-field issues.

Is he defense still good enough to play SS every day? If so, he could end up somewhere at a pretty good salary.

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Kevin Pillar San Francisco Giants

Non-tendered by the Giants (despite his hot second half).

2019 salary: $5.8 million.

Clearly he would have gotten a big bump in arbitration.

What will he get as a free agent?

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C.J. Cron Minnesota Twins

Non-tendered by the Twins.

2019 salary: $4.8 million.

Clearly he would have gotten a raise in arbitration.

What will he get as a free agent?

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Addison Russell Chicago Cubs

Non-tendered by the Cubs.

2019 salary: $3.4 million.

Clearly he would have gotten a raise in arbitration.

What will he get as a free agent?

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Domingo Santana Seattle Mariners

Non-tendered by the Mariners.

2019 salary: $1.95 million.

Clearly he would have gotten a big bump in arbitration.

What will he get as a free agent?

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Steven Souza Arizona Diamondbacks

Looks like there will be a bunch of OF's ... and MLB has decided to price guys like Souza the way we price non-speedster 4th and 5th OFs ... you don't overpay and wait to see which one is still available when a $2 bid is king.

Of course, Ozuna and Castellanos are going to get paid.  Puig as well, and perhaps Gardner and Calhoun. 

Then there are the speedsters, for whoever is so inclined:  Rajai Davis, Jarrod Dyson, Billy Hamilton, Keon Broxton, Juan Lagares ... who might be signed to fill a special 5th OF role.

But then there's a constellation of:
Alex Gordon, Corey Dickerson, Domingo Santana, Kevin Pillar, Leonys Martin, Avisail Garcia, Cam Maybin, Matt Joyce, Adam Jones, Melky Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, John Jay, Hunter Pence... and Souza ... who are really kind of a coin toss?

I think that if a player like Souza had a few year history of contributing to a club, there would be some goodwill there to motivate the team to prioritize keeping him.  But clearly these days it's "throw him back and see what we can get for less".

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Mike Moustakas Milwaukee Brewers

Guess this locks Senzel down in the OF going forward.

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Jonathan Villar Baltimore Orioles

Well, he had a 4.0 WAR last year ... I guess the O's just didn't want to risk arbitration with him after the huge season he just had.  Could easily see him asking for, and getting awarded, around $8 mil.

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Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

And I'm almost certain (Clevinger thread) who your third guess would be.

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Mike Clevinger Cleveland Indians

If you were told there were three starters on this list, I think you would have guessed two of them.

Jake Diekman Spotlight

Swinging strike percentage (rank among all pitchers in 2019 with at least 60 IP)

RkNameAge  TmIPS/Str%
19Kirby Yates32  SDP60.225.8%
20Raisel Iglesias29  CIN67.025.6%
21Justin Verlander   36  HOU223.025.5%
22Mike Clevinger28  CLE126.025.4%
23Giovanny Gallegos27  STL74.025.4%
24Jake Diekman*32  TOT62.025.4%
25Jacob deGrom31  NYM204.024.9%
26Will Smith*29  SFG65.124.8%
27Kenley Jansen31  LAD63.024.8%

* - Left-handed pitcher

See 2019 pitching statistics at Baseball-Reference.com

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Easton Lucas Miami Marlins

For his sake, I hope opposing hitters don't hit him like they're using aluminum bats with his name on them. 

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Gary Sheffield New York Mets
Sanford and Son fans will get this. The episode where Donna brings her patient Osgood to the house. Fred would say to Sheffield.....aw what's so great abt smoking a cigar. 
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