The MLB offseason is fast approaching, which means it's time to prepare for moves to be made. Things will start to happen five days after the World Series champion is crowned and the weather turns cold.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand recently put out an article detailing some surprising players who will be non-tender candidates.
Non-tendered essentially means when a club declines to give a certain player a contract for the upcoming season, making them a free agent. A club usually will non-tender a player because it feels the monetary value he would receive from arbitration would be greater than his value on the field.
A's reliever Blake Treinen is one of them.
"Treinen earned $6.4 million in his second year of arbitration-eligibility, winning his case against the Athletics last offseason," Feinsand wrote. "Treinen was fresh off of an incredible season that saw him post a 0.78 ERA, 38 saves and 0.834 WHIP, but the 2019 season was not as kind to the right-hander. Treinen, 31, had a 4.91 ERA and a 1.619 WHIP, both career worsts. Oakland could decide to cut ties with him rather than give him a raise."
As Feinsand addressed, Treinen had a completely different season in 2019 than the outstanding one he left behind in the previous season.
The typical dominant closer switched to more of a setup role. And while Liam Hendriks did a sensational job taking over those responsibilities, Treinen never recovered. He ended up exiting the season early because of back problems, which shifted Chris Bassitt to the bullpen.
MLB Trade Rumors' annual arbitration projections expect Treinen's salary figure to be $7.8 million. That's quite the gamble on someone who didn't live up to expectations in 2019.
So perhaps this isn't much of a surprise at all.
Last season, Mike Fiers was non-tendered by the A's, who were starving for starting pitching. The team ultimately signed the starter to a two-year contract, and that return on investment turned out to be successful.