The Marlins surprised many around baseball when they non-tendered right-hander Henderson Alvarez earlier this week and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that he has already drawn interest from 10 teams since hitting the free agent market.
Alvarez was the Marlins’ Opening Day starter this past season, but ended up making just four starts all year due to a shoulder injury which eventually required major surgery in July. He likely won’t be ready for the start of the 2016 season, but he’s still very young (he doesn’t turn 26 until next April) and had a 2.98 ERA (126 ERA+) over 47 starts from 2013-2014. It’s no surprise he’s a popular name.
Alvarez made $4 million in 2015 and likely wouldn’t have received much of a raise via arbitration. It’s still hard to believe he wouldn’t have drawn much interest on the trade market, as teams would have had him under team control for 2017 as well.