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Giants non-tender pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, catcher Hector Sanchez

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Add two more names to the open market.

According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants have elected to non-tender right-hander Yusmeiro Petit and catcher Hector Sanchez ahead of Wednesday night’s deadline. They are both officially free agents.

Petit figures to draw interest from multiple teams after posting a 3.66 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over the last three years in San Francisco while showing strong command both as a starter and reliever. He was due a raise heading into his third season of salary arbitration after making $2 million in 2015, so the Giants decided to cut him loose. They could still pursue a contract of lesser value with the 31-year-old Venezuelan.

Sanchez is your typical backup catcher — a 26-year-old with a .240/.274/.345 career batting line. He should be able to find a new gig relatively soon, but it might have to come on a non-guaranteed minor league deal.

Nationals, Jose Lobaton avoid arbitration for $1.3875 million

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James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have avoided arbitration with catcher Jose Lobaton by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3875 million contract for 2016.

Lobaton batted .199/.279/.294 in 155 plate appearances this past season for Washington while serving as the primary backup to starting catcher Wilson Ramos. 2015 was his second year of salary arbitration (as a Super Two qualifier) and he made $1.2 million.

He’s getting a nice little raise moving into his third arbitration season.

A fourth arbitration season is coming for Lobaton in 2017.

Royals non-tender former closer Greg Holland

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According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals have non-tendered former closer Greg Holland. He is now free to sign with any team, though there’s already been talk of the injured reliever returning to KC on a two-year, incentives-driven contract.

Holland underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery at the end of the 2015 regular season and will miss all of 2016. But he should be 100 percent leading into the 2017 campaign and he registered a sparkling 1.86 ERA with 113 saves in 256 1/3 innings for the Royals between 2011-2014.

Wade Davis served as the Royals’ closer during their run to the 2015 World Series title and will open the 2016 season in that same role.

Kansas City also non-tendered infielder Orlando Calixte on Wednesday.

Angels trade outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Indians for cash

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Collin Cowgill was likely to be non-tendered by the Angels ahead of Wednesday’s midnight ET deadline, but the club found a trade partner for him instead.

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Cowgill has been dealt to the Indians in a straight-up deal for cash considerations.

Cowgill batted just .188/.233/.290 in 74 plate appearances this past season for Anaheim and owns a brutal .528 career OPS versus right-handed pitching, but the 29-year-old plays very good outfield defense — especially in the corners.

He’s a decent depth addition for Cleveland’s bench.

Henderson Alvarez non-tendered by Marlins

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have decided to non-tender starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, officially making him a free agent.

Alvarez made only four starts for Miami in 2015 and he needed major shoulder surgery in July, but it’s a surprise the club would cut him loose this winter with two more years of control remaining.

Alvarez is only 25 years old and he registered a 2.65 ERA with three shutouts across 187 innings for the Fish in 2014. The right-hander made only $4 million this year and wasn’t going to see a huge raise in arbitration.

Yet another confounding move from this Jeffrey Loria-led operation.

Alvarez is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season, but he should still generate a ton of interest on the open market.