The Detroit Tigers did not tender contracts to relief pitchers Neftali Feliz and Al Alburqurque on Wednesday, trimming an estimated $7.3 million from their payroll and opening up two additional spots in their bullpen. Around the major leagues, over 30 players were non-tendered and are now free agents. Here are 10 players who might be of some interest to the Tigers.
Yusmeiro Petit, RHP, San Francisco Giants
Petit posted a 3.67 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and 59 strikeouts to 15 walks in 76 innings in 2015. He got some work the previous season as a spot starter and held his own in that role as well. He stood to get a raise on a salary of $2.1 million but the Giants didn't want to pay that. At 31 years old, he has experience and can work multiple innings.
Henderson Alvarez, RHP, Miami Marlins
Alvarez worked just 22 innings in 2015 and required season-ending shoulder surgery in July. In 2014, he posted a 2.65 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 187 innings, with 111 strikeouts to just 33 walks. He is still only 25 years old and should be ready for action some time next spring. Several clubs will be interested, and Alvarez could get a multi year contract.
Cesar Ramos, LHP, California Angels
Ramos held opponents to a 2.75 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 52 1/3 innings last year while posting a 43:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio. At age 31, he earned $1.3125 million and was expecting a modest raise to a projected $1.7 million in 2016. He worked 82 innings as a swingman for the Rays in 2014, making seven starts and 43 relief appearances. He was equally effective against right and left-handed hitters last season, giving up just two home runs on the year.
Steve Cishek, RHP, St Louis Cardinals
Cishek began the 2015 season as the closer for the Marlins, and was traded to the Cards in July after he struggled. Prior to being non-tendered, he was to earn a raise from his $6.65 million salary in 2015. Money is the issue here, as he has had solid numbers with a 2.93 career ERA. He rebounded down the stretch in 2015 to post a 3.19 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 84 strikeouts to 21 walks in 65 total innings of work. The Tigers were reported to be one of several teams interested in him at the deadline.
Mike Minor, LHP, Atlanta Braves
Minor missed the 2015 season after undergoing surgery in May for a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder. He has a career 4.11 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP over parts of five seasons, mostly in the Braves' rotation. He earned $5.6 million last season on the disabled list and was eligible for arbitration once again. There will be clubs interested in his services, including the Braves, at a lower price tag.
Greg Holland, RHP, Kansas City Royals
Holland will probably miss the entire 2016 season following Tommy John surgery in October, and will be a free agent with another year of service time. He could sit out the season and look for a contract at that time, or sign an incentive-laden two-year deal with a club willing to wait for his return. He was one of the best closers in the game before his injury.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B/ 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alvarez was one of the game's premier power hitters just a couple seasons ago. He earned $5.75 million in 2015 and was due for a projected $8.1 million after slugging 27 homers with 77 RBI in 491 plate appearances. The 28-year-old left-handed slugger hit .243/.318/.469, and has hit at least 25 homers three times in the past four years. No, he doesn't play left field.
Jacob Turner, RHP, Chicago White Sox
The former first round pick of the Tigers who was shipped to Miami in the Anibal Sanchez trade is now a free agent. He has battled injuries ever since the trade, never reaching 120 innings in a season. Believed by some to be a breakout candidate in 2015, Turner didn't throw a single pitch. He eventually had elbow surgery in July, ending his season. He should be available on a minor league contract.
Chris Carter, 1B/ DH, Houston Astros
Carter was projected to earn $5.6 million in 2016 after hitting .199/.327/.407 with 24 home runs last season. Carter is a strikeout machine with big power, slugging 90 home runs over the past three seasons.
Tyler Flowers, C, Chicago White Sox
While the writing may have been on the wall after Chicago signed Alex Avila, not many expected Flowers to get the boot. He hit just 236/.292/.356 in 2015, but has shown some pop in the past, including a 15-homer season in 2014. There are not many catchers on the market this winter, so he should find work with a major league club.
Here are some other players who were non-tendered by their respective clubs on Wednesday and are now on the free agent market:
David Lough, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Hector Sanchez, C, San Francisco Giants
Ryan Cook, RHP, Chicago Cubs
Jack Leathersich, LHP, Chicago Cubs
Orlando Calixte, INF, Kansas City Royals
Paul Janish, SS, Baltimore Orioles
Jaff Decker, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Elian Herrera, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan LaMarre, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Mattheus, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Pedro Villarreal, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Josh Thole, C, Toronto Blue Jays
Will Middlebrooks, INF, San Diego Padres
Lisalverto Bonilla, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
James Jones, OF, Texas Rangers
Juan Nicasio, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Craig Stammen, RHP, Washington Nationals
Nick Tepesch, RHP, Texas Rangers
Yohan Flande, LHP, Colorado Rockies
Rocky Gale, C, San Diego Padres
Frank Garces, RHP, San Diego Padres
Ike Davis, 1B, Oakland Athletics
Aaron Crow, RHP, Miami Marlins
Pedro Ciriaco, 3B, Braves
Domingo German, RHP, Yankees
Eury Perez, CF, Braves