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Behind the Backstop: The Non-Tender Team

Tory Hernandez

Tory Hernandez

Tory's experience in the baseball industry includes a four-year stint as the Manager of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, where his responsibilities were comprised of contract negotiation, advance scouting, and the development and implementation of the organization's statistical research methods and use of analytics. Most recently, Tory served as the Director of Pro Scouting & Recruiting for Boras Corporation.

For this week's column, I put together a list of the more interesting names who became free agents recently. The tender deadline in MLB was December 2nd and as we see every year, about four dozen players ended up getting released. Every year, there are always a few players who add value to a club and so I have put together the "best" at each position.

SP: Jerome Williams & Tommy Hanson - You wouldn't suspect a team in desperate need of starting pitching depth to non-tender two pitchers who could provide that for them. When looking at the price to keep them as tendered arbitration eligible players however, it makes sense that the Angels parted ways with Williams and Hanson. The Hanson release was obvious but Williams has provided quality innings the last few years and at about a $4,000,000 price tag, it would have seemed like a good opportunity for the Angels to re-up. There are quite a few teams who could be interested in Williams, as he can be a nice swingman or decent fift

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