Today is non-tender day

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Welcome to non-tender day, everybody. Yes, today is the deadline for teams
to decide whether to tender
contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man roster.

It’s usually done
with a player between three and six years of service time coming off injury or a team simply doesn’t feel the player is worth a
new contract. However, this winter we have a number of teams (I’m looking at you, Padres and Reds) who would
prefer not to keep a productive player because of a considerable jump in salary.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve profiled a few of the most likely non-tenders (Kelly Shoppach, Garrett Atkins, Kelly Johnson) and
even though Shoppach was recently traded to the Rays, as a result, his new teammate Dioner
Navarro is now one of the more likely names on the chopping block.

Here are some
other non-tender candidates of note, complete with ’09 stats:

Kevin Correia (Padres) – 12-11, 3.98 ERA

Jack Cust (Athletics) – .240/.356/.417 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI

Chien-Ming Wang (Yankees) – 1-6, 9.64 ERA

John Buck (Royals) – .247/.299/.484 with eight home runs and 36 RBI

Jonny Gomes (Reds) – .267/.338/.541 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI

D.J. Carrasco (White Sox) – 3.76 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 93 1/3 innings

See any good fits for your team? Keep it here throughout the day for the non-tenders as they roll in.

Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

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The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.

It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.

Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.