Carter, Ross, Castillo among prominent players to join fray
By David Adler and Austin Laymance
The MLB non-tender deadline came and went on Friday at 8 p.m. ET, and 30 Major League teams had to decide whether to extend contract offers to their arbitration-eligible players (as well as players who are not yet arbitration-eligible but are on the 40-man roster) for the 2017 season.
Players on the 40-man roster with fewer than six years of Major League service time must be tendered contracts each offseason by the non-tender deadline. A player who is non-tendered becomes a free agent and can then sign with any other team.
A tendered player can negotiate the details of a contract with his club. If the two sides are unable to agree on a deal and the player is eligible for arbitration, a hearing will determine the player's 2017 salary.
As this year's deadline approached, MLB.com is tracking the notable players who were non-tendered by their 2016 clubs.
Chris Carter, Brewers
The Brewers were unable to find a trade parter for Carter before Friday's deadline. Carter, a right-handed power hitter, smacked 41 home runs this season to share the National League lead with Nolan Arenado. Carter, who will be 30 on Dec. 18, earned $2.5 million this year.
Welington Castillo, D-backs
Castillo did not receive a contract, the club announced ahead of Friday's non-tender deadline, just before the club reportedly signed veteran catcher Jeff Mathis to two years and $4 million, according to the Arizona Republic. Castillo, 29, is coming off a year in which he set career highs in RBIs (68) and tied for games played (113), and hit .264 with a .745 OPS. Castillo earned $3.7 million and was in the market to earn in the neighborhood of $5.9 million in '17, according to MLB Trade Rumors. He's reportedly on the Dominican Republic's preliminary 50-man roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Rubby De La Rosa, D-backs
De La Rosa will hit the market a little more than two months removed from a stem-cell injection to his right elbow in an attempt to avoid his second Tommy John surgery. In just 10 starts in his second season with Arizona, he went 4-5 with a 4.26 ERA.
Ben Revere, Nationals
Revere, who had a down season in his first year in Washington, was the Nationals' lone player to be non-tendered, hitting just .217 with 14 stolen bases in 103 games. After injuring his oblique during his first at-bat of the season, he was forced into a part-time role upon his return, and he struggled to get on track. However, he did hit better than .300 in three straight seasons prior to his 2016 slump while averaging 34 steals, so he could be a bounceback candidate in 2017, wherever he lands.
Bryan Holaday, Red Sox
With Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart competing for two spots behind the plate, the Red Sox did not tender Holaday a contract for '17. Holaday had just 35 plate appearances in 14 games for Boston last season after being selected off waivers in early August, hitting .212. The Red Sox tendered contracts to their 31 remaining unsigned players.
Seth Maness, Cardinals
In a somewhat surprising move, the Cardinals announced they non-tendered Maness. The four-year veteran, who was drafted by St. Louis in 2011, underwent season-ending elbow surgery in August in the midst of a promising season in which he was 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA. The right-hander gave up zero earned runs in 19 of his 29 outings, and just one in his last 12. His surgery didn't replace a torn ligament, but rather, repaired it, which could have him ready for Spring Training, on the early end, with whichever club he signs with.
Jeff Manship, Indians
The Indians non-tendered Manship, who compiled 82 2/3 strong innings for a 2.07 ERA over two seasons in Cleveland -- including 2 1/3 scoreless innings in the postseason. Even with a step back from his gaudy 0.92 ERA in 2015 and 10 scoreless outings to start '16, the eight-year veteran is believed to be a valuable commodity for a deal worth roughly $1.2 million, per MLB Trade Rumors.
Vance Worley, Orioles
Worley was the lone Orioles player non-tendered on Friday, as Baltimore tendered contracts to its nine other arbitration-eligible players. The 29-year-old right-handed reliever had a 3.53 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings over 35 appearances with the Orioles. Worley, who avoided arbitration and signed a one-year, $2.6 million contract last offseason, has pitched for four teams in his seven Major League seasons -- the Phillies, Twins, Pirates and O's. He'll look for a fifth to sign on with for 2017.
Chris Withrow, Braves
Withrow went 3-0 with a 3.58 ERA in 46 relief appearances for the Braves this year. The right-hander is a power pitcher who missed the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery. He ended this season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.
Alexi Amarista, Padres
Amarista hit .257 with a .567 OPS and was limited to 65 games this year because of hamstring issues. Over five seasons with the Padres, Amarista hit .233 with a .602 OPS. Primarily a second baseman, Amarista can also play shortstop, third and both corner outfield positions.
Jeff Locke, Pirates
Locke, as expected, hits the open market after going 9-8 with a 5.44 ERA in 30 appearances (19 starts) this year. The left-hander was 8-7 with a 5.86 ERA as a starter, with a 1.52 WHIP over 106 innings. He was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 relief appearances. Locke threw a shutout on May 30 to beat the Marlins in his best start of the season.
David Adler and Austin Laymance are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.