Tomorrow night is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster. With that in mind, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels are expected to non-tender infielder Gordon Beckham.
Beckham was acquired from the White Sox in late August and batted .268 with two home runs and a .756 OPS in 61 plate appearances down the stretch. The 28-year-old owns a disappointing .660 OPS (80 OPS+) since his rookie season in 2009 and simply isn’t worth the estimated $5 million salary that he would likely receive in his final year of arbitration. The Angels are interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate to serve as a backup infielder, but the former top prospect will be free to explore opportunities elsewhere.
The Angels are also expected to non-tender left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but David Freese will be tendered a contract for 2015. Freese earned $5.05 million this past season while batting .260/.321/.383 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 134 games. He’s arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.