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For baseball fans who follow the off-season Hot Stove, “non-tender” is one phrase being heard repeatedly today, as Monday at Midnight ET marked the deadline for all MLB Clubs to offer a contract to each player on their respective Major League Reserve Lists.
What does tender mean?
When an organization tenders a contract to a player, that front office is essentially conveying its intent to offer a Major League contract for the upcoming season – the actual terms of the contract have not yet been finalized, although these often wind up being one-year deals because of the classification of players typically involved (those who have yet to reach 6 years of MLB Service Time and therefore Free Agency).
Which players does this deadline apply to?
All players on each team’s Major League Reserve List (40-man roster), although players who have already signed contracts are already covered – the list that gets submitted to Major League Baseball includes 3 classifications of players that must cover everyone on the 40-man roster: 1) Tendered, 2) Non-tendered and 3) Signed. For instance, Nick Swisher’s current 4-year contract (through 2016 with vesting option for 2017) overrides the need for the Indians to tender him a contract offer.
What happens after this list is submitted to MLB?
Players who are tendered 2014 contracts then negotiate the length and financial terms of the agreement with their teams; this often results in a one-year contract, particularly for players not yet eligible for the salary arbitration process, although the two sides certainly have the option of discussing a multi-year deal. For those players with 3-or-more, but less than 6 years of MLB Service Time (and also those who fall under the “Super Two” classification), receiving a contract tender makes them eligible for salary arbitration if no agreement can be reached beforehand. All non-tendered players immediately become free agents and are able to sign with any team, although factors like Service Time remain intact.
Why do teams decide to non-tender certain players?
With only 40 available spots on each team’s Major League Reserve List, ultimately this decision comes down to how well each player fits the organization at that time and place – positional depth, injuries and payroll flexibility are just a few of the realities that must be factored in.
Here is a complete list of the 43 players who were non-tendered by their 2013 Clubs on Monday (former Club in parenthesis):
RHP Scott Atchison (NYM)
RHP Dylan Axelrod (CWS)
RHP John Axford (StL)
RHP Andrew Bailey (BOS)
RHP Daniel Bard (ChC)
RHP Ronald Belisario (LAD)
RHP Mitchell Boggs (COL)
RHP Tyler Cloyd (CLE)
RHP Eddie Gamboa (BAL)
RHP Juan Gutierrez (LAA)
RHP Tommy Hanson (LAA)
RHP Jeremy Hefner (NYM)
RHP Daniel Hudson (ARI)
RHP Chang-Young Lim (ChC)
RHP Cristhian Martinez (ATL)
RHP Kyle McPherson (PIT)
RHP Sandy Rosario (SF)
RHP Ryan Webb (MIA)
RHP Jerome Williams (LAA)
LHP Wesley Wright (TB)
J.P. Arencibia (TOR)
Matt Daley (NYY)
Lou Marson (CLE)
Michael McKenry (PIT)
David Adams (NYY)
Mat Gamel (ChC)
Chris Getz (KC)
Paul Janish (ATL)
Elliot Johnson (ATL)
Garret Jones (PIT)
Chris Nelson (LAA)
Jayson Nix (NYY)
Omar Quintanilla (NYM)
Justin Turner (NYM)
Matt Carson (CLE)
Chris Coghlan (MIA)
Sam Fuld (TB)
Ryan Kalish (BOS)
Xavier Paul (CIN)
Francisco Peguero (SF)
Jason Pridie (BAL)
Derrick Robinson (CIN)
Jordany Valdespin (NYM)
–TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp
In an announcement made tonight on MLB Network, C Yan Gomes received a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award after being selected as the Indians’ top defensive player for the 2013 season. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia and Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra were later chosen as the overall American League and National League recipients, respectively. Founded in 2012, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are “determined by using a formula that balances scouting information, sabermetric analysis and basic fielding statistics.”
Gomes, 26, appeared in 85 games behind the plate for Cleveland last season (79 starts), batting .294 (86-293) with 18 doubles, 11 homers and 38 RBI. The Brazilian native threw out an impressive 38.3% (18-47) of runners attempting to steal, which would have been the highest such percentage in the A.L. had he caught enough games to qualify. Indians pitchers recorded a 3.56 ERA (710.0 IP, 670 H, 281 ER) with Yan catching, while Cleveland went 49-30 (.620) in his 79 starts.
- TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp
Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti spoke with reporters today during a conference call and media availability at Progressive Field. Here are some of his quotes from those sessions:
Thoughts related to Jason Giambi’s return to the organization in 2014:
“I don’t think there’s any better way to start our off-season than by re-signing Jason. I think he made such a huge impact on our team [in 2013] and he embodies everything we’re looking for in our players – his professionalism, the way he works and prepares for a game, the teammate that he is, the energy he brings to a team and the clubhouse made an immense impact on our team this year and we’re thrilled to continue to have him as part of the organization.”
“We started those discussions right away. As soon as the season was over, that was one of the first calls we made. We worked through things with his agent and ultimately Jason said this is where he wanted to be, and we obviously wanted him here. We are happy it worked out.”
On bringing Giambi back on a minor league contract for a second consecutive season:
“[We're bringing him back] in a very similar context to last year, although at this point we have a first-hand appreciation of all the other things Jason brings to a team and an organization beyond just his [physical] ability [...] we had heard that from other people about how he could impact a team in those ways, but last year we lived it first-hand and now go into Spring Training with a clear understanding of the value he adds beyond what he produces on the field.”
Comments regarding the trade to acquire LHP Colt Hynes from San Diego:
“Colt’s a guy with a good fastball/slider mix that we’ll bring into Major League Spring Training and give him an opportunity to compete for a spot on the Major League team.”
“He’s been extraordinarily effective against left-handed hitters [...] this past season, he lowered his arm-slot a little bit and was dominant against left-handed hitters at Triple-A and was very effective against them at the Major League level…[a lefty specialist role is] certainly a strength of his, one we feel he’ll excel at, but we wouldn’t limit his role to just left-on-left because we feel in time he has the ability to not only get left-handed hitters out, but right-handers as well.”
On how the organization came to the decision to give Chris Perez his unconditional release:
“We considered a variety of factors as we got to that point (unconditional release of Perez) and felt that this provided us with roster flexibility in advance of Dec. 2 (MLB tender deadline) and allows Chris the opportunity to find his next team [...] obviously (Chris) is arbitration-eligible again this year and he’s due for another raise through that process and we have to make some determinations of where our team needs are and how we’re going to allocate our resources moving forward.”
“We worked through our offseason planning process and our meetings and we made the determination that Chris would not be a fit on our roster for next year so once we got clarity on that, we felt that it made sense to move forward with the transaction now rather than waiting until Dec. 2.”
Regarding other options for the closer’s role in 2014:
“We feel that we have some guys internally that are capable of doing that, but I do anticipate that we will look externally to add to the group that we have [...] We go into the offseason with some quality alternatives, but I expect it will be an area that we seek to address as we work through the winter. We will try to bring in guys – whether it’s an experienced closer or other guys that have experience pitching in leverage innings out of the bullpen – that will complement the group we have.”
“Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw are two returning guys who have had the most experience pitching in those high-leverage situations; we’re still confident that Vinnie Pestano will bounce back and be a contributor on our team. We’ll also take the off-season to look at opportunities to fortify our ‘pen [...] we re-signed Matt [Capps] a couple weeks ago and he’s healthy at this point so he’ll come into Spring Training ready to go and compete for a spot on the team [...] the roles in the bullpen evolve over the course of the season and how those roles take shape is something that we’ll get a better sense of once we have full knowledge of the group heading into camp and how those guys pitch once they get the opportunities.”
The Arizona Fall League announced that Cleveland Indians prospect Tyler Naquin, 22, has been named as the circuit’s Player of the Week for Oct. 21-27 after going 8-for-20 (.400) with one double, 7 RBI, 2 runs and 2 steals over 5 games for the Surprise Saguaros (cactus species found throughout Arizona). That stretch extended Naquin’s season-opening hit streak to 13 consecutive games, as the outfielder has hit safely in 14 of 15 overall while batting .333 (21-63), with 2 doubles, 11 RBI and 9 runs over the first 3 weeks of AFL play. His 21 base hits lead the league, while he ranks 3rd in RBI. The left-handed batter is also carrying a .421 avg. (8-19) against southpaws.
Drafted 15th overall by Cleveland in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M, Naquin ended the 2013 campaign at Double-A Akron. He will represent the Saguaros (and Indians) in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium (7:10 p.m. ET on MLB Network).
Football is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Nick Swisher. It is for Parkersburg’s Head Football Coach Don Reeves.
“I actually think Nick was better at football than baseball,” Reeves said.
Uhhh … coach? I think most people would respectfully disagree with you on that.
Swisher met with over 40 Parkersburg High School football players, coaches and their families before Thursday’s matinee game vs. the White Sox. Even though he was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Swisher spent his high school years in Parkersburg, W. Va., with his grandparents. And while he was there, he left a major impression on the city.
Swisher was a standout running back and defensive back, and even broke a few records kicking for the football team.
We’re happy you chose baseball, Swish.
His fans in Parkersburg are happy he chose the Cleveland Indians. “It’s a lot shorter drive, and most of us here are Tribe fans,” Reeves said. “The only downside is that we’re just outside of the Indians broadcast, so we actually got to watch him on TV a lot more when he was with the Yankees.”
The team came to Progressive Field to enjoy their last week before two-a-days begin Monday. Enjoy they did — the Indians ended up sweeping the White Sox with a 6-1 win, their eighth straight victory.
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling
The debut of White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo on Tuesday night at Progressive Field may not have done much to move the needle for fans across the United States. Likewise, Tribe catcher Yan Gomes‘ start behind the plate seemed somewhat routine.
In Brazil, however, the game made history. At the Rienzo and Gomes households, it was reason for celebration.
The more than 200 million Brazilian citizens who live and die by the World Cup were suddenly interested in a Major League Baseball game that took place in Cleveland, Ohio, where the first two Brazilian-born Major Leaguers squared off for the first time in MLB history.
For Rienzo, it was about more than just his Major League debut, which aired live on ESPN Brazil.
“People don’t know about baseball in Brazil, but they know about me,” Rienzo said, adding that his friends who knew nothing about baseball were sending him text messages. “It was great for me because it was my dream. To make my debut against another Brazilian guy was awesome. It was good for me, good to see [Gomes] there playing professionally. It was just a great experience.”
Rienzo said Gomes contacted him upon his promotion to the big leagues, congratulating him and offering him a few words of advice.
He said, “Yan texted me and said, ‘Is it true?”
“[I told Rienzo to] just kind of calm himself down,” said Gomes, who found out that Rienzo would be debuting via Twitter. “Stop trying to strike everyone out; just throw your good pitches out there and see where it goes. If you want to strike some guys out, you can, but not trying to do it every pitch.”
Both Rienzo and Gomes played key roles in the game for their respective teams. Rienzo started for the White Sox and tossed 7.0 innings, allowing three runs (all unearned) and exiting the game with a one-run lead. Gomes, who made his debut as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17, 2012, went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI for the Indians on Tuesday night.
Although Gomes’ big hit came courtesy of Chicago’s bullpen in the eighth inning, he did record a single off of Rienzo in his first at-bat of the game. Following the hit, the two could not help but exchange smiles.
“It was exciting; it kind of felt almost like it was my debut, too. I was nervous, and I’ve been here for a little bit,” said Gomes. “When I got the hit [in the third], I kind of laughed running around the bases. If you’re going to get a hit, it might as well be a hard one; it was kind of a squibbler down the middle.
“He almost picked me off; that would have been pretty awesome.”
Both Rienzo and Gomes were excited that fellow Brazilians had the opportunity to watch baseball and learn more about the game.
“[Airing the game live] made it possible for everyone else,” Gomes said. “I was the first Brazilian [in MLB], but I made it kind of like I came through here. I came to the states; I moved here and started playing. [Rienzo] — he still lives in Brazil; he still goes back there. He didn’t have the luxury that I did of moving to the states because it just makes it possible for everyone else.”
Children in Brazil typically play for travel baseball teams; however, the country is in the process of building baseball academies for prospects. The lone existing Brazilian academy, Gomes said, is run by a Japanese baseball organization.
Rienzo said he looks forward to giving back to his community in the offseason.
He said, “Brazil is big; they have a team close to San Paolo, and I go back and play with the kids.”
Gomes added that Brazil’s qualification in this year’s World Baseball Classic was a stepping stone to the sport’s bright future in Brazil.
“It’s tough still because it’s not a very common sport in Brazil,” Gomes said. “Being in the big leagues definitely does help a little more because people kind of listen to you more. Especially this offseason, just [going to] make a huge effort to go there and try to show my face and explain a little of the sport.”
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden
Receptor Carlos Santana de los Indians de Cleveland fue criado en una casa de muchas chicas en la República Dominicana. Carlos Santana le tenía mucho cariño a su mamá y sus hermanas, y en cambio ellas le daban consejo de moda. Mientras Santana le da mucho crédito a sus hermanas por su estilo de pelo, son sus hermanas quien dependen de su hermano como figura masculina en la capital pobre de Santo Domingo.
Santana tenía 15 años cuando sus padres divorciaron, y él y sus hermanas tenían que tomar una decisión: ¿Preferirían vivir con su mamá o su papá?
“Si me voy con mi papa, vamos al ejercito, o me podría ir con mi mamá y beisbol,” Santana dijo. “Me fui con mi mamá y jugue beisbol. Mi mamá me dio más apoyo que mi papá.”
La decisión difícil de vivir con su mamá y dedicarse a su carrera de beisbol obviamente ha llegado a éxito para Santana quien tiene 27 anos. Ahora, él es ícono en su ciudad natal, sus hermanas — especialmente su hermana de 12 años que se llama Lily (Lisandra) — todavía lo adoran. Las hermanas le ofrecen ayuda para arreglarse su pelo y siempre están preguntándole a Santana para consejo.
Las dos hermanas menores de Santana todavía viven con su mamá, mientras las otras tres hermanas y dos hermanos están casados y están viviendo con sus propias familias.
Santana, quién está casado, dijo que quiere asegurarse que sus hermanas busquen un hombre bueno para que tengan un matrimonio mejor que el matrimonio de sus padres.
“Es difícil, pero hablo y tengo buena comunicación con todas mis hermanas,” él dijo. “Lo que yo hablo con mis hermanas es, ‘Tenga cuidado con los hombres; respeta a las personas.’
“Ellas me oyen, tanto si les gusta como si me gusta. Ellas necesitan ser paciente con su vida porque la vida es difícil.”
Santana pasaba mucho de su tiempo jugando beisbol en las calles de Santo Domingo, dónde él y los vecinos jugaban cinco-a-cinco, balanceando un gorro de beisbol — no un bate — y usando sus manos desnudas porque un guante de beisbol era objeto de lujo.
A la vez que los buscones empezaron a reconocer la potencial de Santana como jugador, Santana se salió de a la escuela para competir para una posición en la academia de beisbol Dominicana.
El papa de Santana paso la mayoridad de su juventud en el ejercito, y su mama trabajaba como doctora. Aunque Santana tenía la comida y cariño en su casa, él y sus hermanas no tenían “un futuro en el banco.”
“Fui al colegio en la Dominicana, pero sabía que podría jugar beisbol profesionalmente,” Santana dijo. “No estudiaba mucho; es diferente en la Dominicana. Aquí [en los Estados Unidos], se necesita ser estudiante si quiere jugar profesionalmente. Pero, en la Dominicana, no importa. Es estudiante o beisbol, y yo jugaba beisbol.”
Mucha gente dudaban en el talento de Santana cuando él jugó beisbol originalmente, pero Santana confió que su trabajo duro guiaría a éxito luego.
Santana realizó su sueño años luego, cuando firmó un contrato de $75,000 con los Dodgers de Los Angeles y le compró una casa a su mamá en la República Dominicana con su primer dinero.
“Mi carrera depende de mi fe,” él dijo. “Antes de que firme profesionalmente, habían algunas personas que no podían creer que yo sabia jugar beisbol.
“[Mi fe] significa todo en el mundo. Cuando tengo un momento malo, pienso, ‘Puedo hacerlo.’ Para mí, es algo difícil, algo personal, y se puede hacerlo si algunas personas le dicen que no pueda. Otra gente no te crees, pero puedes hacerlo.”
Contendientes de Cleveland
Aproximadamente tres años pasaron antes de que Santana estaba promovido a las ligas menores, dónde él competió para una posición en la organización de los Dodgers. En 2008, Santana fue adquirido por los Indians, en cambio por Casey Blake y consideraciones de dinero.
Por supuesto, Santana ha derrotado todos los escépticos y ha creado una impresión en sus compañeros de equipo en Cleveland. Por 91 juegos con los Indians esta temporada, Santana tiene un promedio de .271. En 2011 y 2012, Santana fue uno de los mejores productores de carreras, con un total de 45 jonrones y 155 RBI.
“Él tiene un ojo fenomenal en el plato, batea con fuerza, [tiene] un promedio alto, y por supuesto, es atlético,” miembro de los Indians Jason Giambi dijo. “Él puede atrapar detrás del plato; ha trabajado muy fuerte para mejorar. Él puede ponerse en el escalón alto de los receptores.
“Él siempre quiere aprender, y eso es la parte emocionada. Pienso que el está empezando a ver ese talento. Yo sé cuándo uno llega a las grandes ligas, uno sabes cómo llegaste — incluyendo a yo mismo. Ahora, él ve que puede ser athlético y hacer muchas cosas, y pienso que él está anhelando la inteligencia.”
Esa inteligencia ha venido, en parte, de los consejos que Santana recibe cuando le pregunta a Jason Giambi y Michael Bourn de los Indio.
“Mi siento más cómodo este año porque Terry [Francona] y Sandy [Alomar] me han ayudado mucho, y eso es grande,” Santana dijo. “Estoy emocionado en Cleveland porque el personal de la oficina y el equipo me han dado una oportunidad al principio. Quiero jugar aquí para toda mi vida porque estoy tan cómodo.”
–Colaborador de TribeVibe Megan Golden
Greg Van Niel brought his family to Sunday’s game and sat on the third-base line in Section 160, where he ended up spending much of the day collecting foul balls. An Indians Season Ticket Holder, Van Niel caught four (yes, 4!) foul balls on the day.
Van Niel made so many grabs on Sunday afternoon, that by the time he retrieved a Michael Brantley foul in the fifth inning, he felt compelled to flip it over to others in the crowd (see video below).
“Three of them were catches and one was a ball I picked up off the ground,” said Van Niel. “The third one I think was the hardest one – I think I ended up sprawled across a few rows, and I got some cheese on myself. But the other ones were just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.”
The foul balls were his first (second, third, and fourth) of his lifetime at Progressive Field. The Indians Season Ticket Holder exchanged tickets to book seats in Section 160 for Sunday, and it paid off with a memorable afternoon.
“Michael Bourn hit one that was off the façade [of the suites overhead], and that’s where I was in the cheese fries… [That] one was crazy acrobatics. I was strewn across three rows, and I needed some assistance getting back. The others were just being in the right place at the right time,” said Van Niel.
After his amazing fortune on Sunday, Van Niel did offer some advice for fellow Indians fans: “We had the exchange tickets, so yeah, I’m going to try to get these seats for next year. Row FF, Section 160, Seat 3 if you’re looking for tickets – it’s the magic seat.”
– TribeVibe contributor Max Lom
Former Indians shortstop and ’90s fan-favorite Omar Vizquel’s art show debuted this week in Cleveland, a city where Vizquel once showcased his defensive prowess in front of the Tribe faithful.
Nearly 20 years ago, Vizquel decided to take on painting during his free time throughout the season. He said he originally painted with acrylics and watercolors but since has discovered a passion for oil painting.
“I love the oils; I love the smell of the oils and how they mix all the colors,” Vizquel said. “Sometimes, you don’t really know what’s going to come out of it until you sit down in front of the canvas and start mixing the colors. From there, your creativity takes over and you just start painting.
“It just refreshes my mind. It doesn’t have to be baseball 24 hours a day.”
Vizquel said he was planning on visiting his former team to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and check out his bobblehead, so he scheduled his art show while he was in town.
“I wanted to put everything together since I was going to be in the area,” he said. “I always have a special place here in Cleveland, and I have a lot of memories here. I want to share these stories with [the fans], and this is a great way to do it.”
What kind of feedback did Vizquel receive?
“People said, ‘I can’t believe that you do this kind of stuff.’ ‘What kind of emotions go through your mind when you’re painting?’”
Vizquel said he was very pleased by the turnout. Even more surprising, he said, was the fact that none of his fans knew he could paint.
“It’s weird when people come out and watch something that they don’t expect much,” he said. “Sometimes you get overwhelmed with everything that you see because you’re expecting a baseball player to play baseball, and that’s it. You walk into a different world; sometimes it’s surprising for a lot of people.
“I’ve been feeling comfortable with what I do, and I like to show it to people who don’t have any idea what else we do in [our free] time. We had a great time; I like the comments from the fans and the people that walked in because you don’t know what they’re going to think.”
Vizquel’s show will be running for three weeks at Convivium 33 Gallery inside Josaphat Arts Hall on Cleveland’s Near East Side. All proceeds benefit El Sistema University Circle, a Venezuelan-inspired orchestra program for urban youth. The program provides access to world-class instruction for all children in Cleveland. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit OmarVizquel.com.
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden