• Tender Mercies

    Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 · Comments (9)

    Via Bryan Hoch -

    The Yankees’ decision-makers will have a few calls to make on Thursday, as baseball’s non-tender deadline forces decisions on a group of four unsigned pitchers.

    Dustin Moseley will have his status examined as Thursday’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline to tender contracts for the 2011 season approaches. Late Wednesday, Sergio Mitre agreed to $900,000 deal with the club and could earn an additional $200,000 in incentives, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

    New York must also offer deals to Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Boone Logan by that point. If a player is not tendered a contract, he immediately becomes a free agent and can negotiate with any team.

    Who would have thought that the day would come in 2010 where the question of “Will the Yankees non-tender Joba?” warranted entertainment, albeit just a wild notion?

    Comments on Tender Mercies

    1. Raf
      December 2nd, 2010 | 4:27 pm

      Who would have thought that the day would come in 2010 where the question of “Will the Yankees non-tender Joba?” warranted entertainment, albeit just a wild notion?

      Not only that, who woulda thunk that Mitre would have a contract in hand before Joba or Hughes?

    2. Evan3457
      December 2nd, 2010 | 5:41 pm

      The Yanks will non-tender Joba right after they non-tender Hughes.

      In other words, as entertainment goes, the question is not terribly entertaining.

    3. BOHAN
      December 2nd, 2010 | 5:55 pm

      what exactly is tendering? not really sure i understand it completely

    4. Raf
      December 2nd, 2010 | 7:41 pm

      BOHAN wrote:

      what exactly is tendering? not really sure i understand it completely

      Offering a player under team control a contract.

    5. Corey Italiano
      December 2nd, 2010 | 10:26 pm

      Steve wrote:

      Who would have thought that the day would come in 2010 where the question of “Will the Yankees non-tender Joba?” warranted entertainment, albeit just a wild notion?

      Unless you thought the Yanks would give Joba a long term deal buying out his arbitration years, I don’t see how you couldn’t see this coming.

    6. redbug
      December 3rd, 2010 | 6:02 am

      Accoding to the AP:

      “The Yankees and RHP Sergio Mitre(notes) agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. He can earn $200,000 more in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 40, 55, 65 and 70 games. New York did not offer contracts to RHP Alfredo Aceves(notes) and RHP Dustin Moseley(notes), allowing both to become free agents.”

      I’m surprised they didn’t offer Moseley a contract. I thought he did a good job for them last year.

    7. Corey Italiano
      December 3rd, 2010 | 8:02 am

      @ redbug:
      Since Girardi/Cashman have hard ons for Mitre I’m not shocked they resigned him. At this stage in the game, it’s valuable to have open 40 man roster spots. You don’t need to have 2 right handed mop up guys on the 40 man before the season, so I’m not surprised they non tendered Mosely.

      I could see them re-signing him to a minor league deal w/ a invitation to big league camp, however.

    8. Jim TreshFan
      December 3rd, 2010 | 10:20 am

      Well Aceves and Moseley didn’t get picked up. But there’s good news: Chien-Ming Wang was also passed over so he’s available. :D

    9. MJ Recanati
      December 3rd, 2010 | 10:41 am

      redbug wrote:

      I’m surprised they didn’t offer Moseley a contract. I thought he did a good job for them last year.

      He did OK but Mitre did a bit better.

      Moseley: 65.1 IP, 4.96 ERA, 5.99 FIP,
      Mitre: 54.0 IP, 3.33 ERA, 4.69 FIP

      I have no idea what it might’ve cost the Yankees to keep Moseley instead of Mitre but I think the Yankees just felt that Mitre was a slightly better pitcher overall.

      And, as Corey said, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Moseley doesn’t find another job and comes back to the Yankees on a minor league contract (without clogging up a valuable 40-man roster spot).

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