Recapping a Busy Non-Tender Deadline

12:00 AM EST Tuesday morning was the official non-tender deadline for all 30 clubs. This means that by 12:00 AM EST, teams had to make decisions on whether or not to offer arbitration to their arbitration-eligible players. As expected, there were a flurry of moves around the league.

  • The Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to a 2 year, $8 million dollar contract. Tyler Kane had the analysis right here. Navarro will be paid $3 million next season and $5 million in 2015, presumably to be the Jays’ starting catcher, replacing the non-tendered J.P. Arencibia.
  • The Washing Nationals steal Acquire Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers. In a surprising move that confounded many, the Tigers traded Doug Fister to Washington for lefties Ian Krol and Robbie Ray and utility man Steve Lombardozzi. The Tigers had a surplus of pitching and used that surplus to acquire pieces they liked, but the package seems underwhelming at first glance. Nik had the scoop with his thoughts on the deal.
  • The Baltimore Orioles trade Jim Johnson for Jemile Weeks. After weeks of rumours that the Orioles were shopping Jim Johnson, they finally shipped him off to Oakland. Johnson, collector of 101 saves over the past two seasons, owns a career 3.11 ERA with a 3.77 xFIP. Weeks, the younger brother of Rickie Weeks, only received 9 MLB plate appearances last year, spending the rest of the year in AAA where he posted a .347 wOBA. Weeks had a solid rookie season in 2011 with Oakland, posting a 111 wRC+ and 1.7 fWAR, but has since fallen off the map, contributing -0.7 fWAR over the last two years.
  • The Oakland Athletics sign Scott Kazmir to a 2 year, $22 million dollar contract, pending a physical. Kazmir is coming off of his first full major-league season since 2010, one in which he posted a 4.04 ERA along with an impressive 3.36 xFIP. Ranked the #1 free agent pitcher by Chris’ ERA estimator TIPS, the deal seems like an excellent move for Oakland, and will allow Kazmir to pitch in the extremely pitcher-friendly O.co Coliseum.
  • 43 players, including J.P. Arencibia, are non-tendered. Yes, Blue Jays fans, it has finally happened; J.P. Arencibia is no longer a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Whether you loved him or hated him, Arencibia was always good for a controversial tweet, interesting soundbite, or strikeout in a key situation. Arencibia was projected by MLBTR’s Matt Swartz to earn $2.8 million via arbitration. While you’re likely familiar with the J.P. Arencibia story, Arencibia is coming off of a horrendous season in which he was “good” for -0.6 fWAR, batted under the Mendoza Line, and posted one of the worst OBPs in the history of major-league baseball. He hit 21 homers though, leading some fans to want to keep him because of his power. Pitch framing data also suggested that J.P. might be an above average framer after all. All  that aside, however, it appeared to be the right time to part ways with J.P., and I wish him all the best. It feels like just yesterday he hit 2 home runs in his first MLB game, stirring excitement for the future in Blue Jays land.
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Author: Jacob Danovitch

Jacob has been following baseball since he fell in love with it going to a baseball game at the age of four. He's played baseball from the age of six and plays competitive basketball as well. He fell in love with the sabermetric side of baseball after arguing about Yunel Escobar with a friend and using advanced stats to prove his case. Jacob enjoys music and reading in his little free time as well. He is a fan of the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Bills.

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