The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that they have declined to tender a contract to RHP Jonathan Holder, while the New York Mets non-tendered four players: LHP Chasen Shreve and RHPs Ariel Jurado, Paul Sewald, and Nick Tropeano.
In addition, the Yankees announced that they have avoided arbitration with RHPs Luis Cessa and Ben Heller by agreeing to one-year deals, and the Mets did the same with LHP Steven Matz, RHP Jacob Barnes, and outfielder Guillermo Heredia.
Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET was the MLB non-tender deadline, where teams had to decide whether or not to offer contracts to their arbitration and pre-arbitration eligible players on the 40-man roster. Teams also had the option to offer players contracts to avoid arbitration with any eligible players.
Because of financial losses and other considerations due to 2020’s COVID-19 shortened season, the non-tender deadline was expected to be more active than usual, and indeed it was, with several notable players around the league being cut loose – including White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon, Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, Braves outfielder Adam Duvall, and Reds RHP Archie Bradley.
On the other side, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was one of many players whose fate was debated in the days leading up to the deadline, but he was indeed tendered.
As far as the arbitration contracts go, terms were not disclosed, but Bob Nightengale reported three numbers, putting Cessa’s deal at $1.05 million, Matz’s deal at $5.2 million, and Heredia’s at $1 million. The AP had Barnes’ deal at $750K, and no information was yet available about Heller.
MLB Trade Rumors’ predictions (which are usually incredibly close to accurate) had Cessa projected to make between $1.1 and $1.3 million, Heller between $700K and $800K, Matz between $5 and $5.3 million, and Heredia between $1.3 and $1.5 million. There was no projection for Barnes.
Holder was pegged at $900K to $1 million, while Shreve was between $800K and $1.1 million. Jurado and Sewald were pre-arbitration eligible, meaning their estimated salaries would have been just above league minimum, and there was no projection for Tropeano.
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