The non-tender deadline is midnight tonight

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The non-tender deadline is today. What’s that, you ask?

By midnight tonight teams have to decide whether to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. If they do, the team retains control over the player. At that point, the team and the player can negotiate salary for 2015 and, if they can’t come to an agreement over that (i.e. an agreement usually referred to as “avoiding arbitration”) they will proceed to submit proposed salaries to one another and have a salary arbitration early in the spring.

If, on the other hand, the team non-tenders a player, that player immediately becomes a free agent. Any team which signs him retains the same number of years of control over him that his old team had. Meaning that, if he still has arbitration years left, he goes through the process again. Here are all the players who got non-tendered last year.

Basically, the tender/non-tender calculus is whether or not the team thinks the guy is worth the low end of what he might receive in arbitration. Or, put differently, if the guy isn’t worth what he made in 2014, he’s probably going to be non-tendered. Or if he’s an injury question mark. Not that there are a lot of those guys, as most arbitration-eligible players are young and have just recently made the minimum or something close to it.

So, that’s the non-tender thing. Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.