Ramos, Cowgill non-tender candidates for Angels

Ramos, Cowgill non-tender candidates for Angels

ANAHEIM -- Teams have until 8:59 p.m. PT on Wednesday to tender contracts to their unsigned players, and for the Angels, reliever Cesar Ramos and outfielder Collin Cowgill could be on the bubble.

There's a decent chance both will be tendered contracts, but it's no certainty.

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Ramos is heading into his final season before free agency and is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to make $1.7 million in 2016. The 31-year-old lefty was acquired from the Rays for pitching prospect Mark Sappington last offseason, and he turned in a solid season, posting a 2.75 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP and a 2.87 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 65 appearances.

But Ramos was low in Mike Scioscia's bullpen pecking order, used largely in mopup duty. Starter-turned-reliever Jose Alvarez became Scioscia's main matchup lefty down the stretch, even though he, like Ramos, is better-suited for multiple innings.

Cowgill, 29, has been a key fourth outfielder for the Angels the past 2 1/2 years, serving as a late-game defender, pinch-runner and occasional starter against left-handed pitching. The scrappy right-handed hitter is controllable for three more years and projects to make only $1 million in arbitration this winter, so it would be very easy to keep him on the roster.

Cowgill's heads up baserunning

If the Angels decide to non-tender Cowgill, it would be with aspirations of continuing to upgrade their bench. Cowgill -- an outstanding defender but an underwhelming hitter -- sports a career .236/.299/.334 slash line and was limited to 55 games in 2015 because of a sprained right wrist.

The Angels are roughly $20 million below the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, which has basically acted as their spending limit the last handful of years.

Starters Garrett Richards (projected to make $6.8 million in arbitration) and Hector Santiago ($5.1 million), right fielder Kole Calhoun ($3.6 million) and reliever Fernando Salas ($2.2 million) are also arbitration-eligible this offseason. The Angels plan to tender Salas a contract.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.