Yesterday, Major League teams had to make decisions as to whether to tender a contract to all players not under a guaranteed contract (i.e. pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players). If they chose not to, the player became a free agent. Many players are non-tendered for different reasons, but here are the more notable decisions.
The Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered first baseman Pedro Alvarez.
The Houston Astros non-tendered first baseman Chris Carter.
The Detroit Tigers non-tendered relief pitched Neftali Feliz.
The Chicago White Sox non-tendered catcher Tyler Flowers.
The St. Louis Cardinals non-tendered relief pitcher Steve Cishek.
The Kansas City Royals non-tendered relief pitcher Greg Holland.
The Miami Marlins non-tendered starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez.
The Atlanta Braves non-tendered starting pitcher Mike Minor.
The Los Angeles Angels non-tendered relief pitcher Cesar Ramos.
The San Diego Padres non-tendered infielder Will Middlebrooks.
A team can non-tender a player for any reason, but it usually occurs when a team feels as if a player will make more through the arbitration process than they are worth.
Teams could have attempted to trade these players until last night's midnight deadline. It appears, though, when a player is non-tendered, a team could not get a fair enough package in return to complete a trade.
Holland, in particular, is an interesting case. The Royals did not own his rights past the 2016 season, which he will miss due to Tommy John surgery. By non-tendering him, they are not required to pay any salary to Holland next season and could re-sign him to a multi-year contract in free agency. This way, they would be able to have Holland on their roster when he returns from injury.