With all the buzz rightfully surrounding Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors, some fans may not have noticed that the MLB non-tender deadline just passed by.
That is the deadline to tender contracts to players who are arbitration eligible, so players are non-tendered when their team does not believe a player is worth the salary they’ll earn through arbitration.
As such, the list is often filled with under performing or injured players who then join the free agent market searching for a role, often on a budget-friendly contract.
The Giants themselves non tendered RHP Albert Suarez, so it seems likely we won’t be seeing the long reliever back in San Francisco next year.
Thus far, it seems like the stalled market is affecting those players as well, but the Giants can benefit from adding some of those players in supporting roles on the roster.
With an aging, expensive core, the team should try to take a small financial risk on some of these players for hope that they’ll live up to earlier expectations or show a level of health they haven’t in previous season.
In terms of depth, the Giants have some players that could be useful, but adding more would be immensely beneficial. This is particularly true if the Giants give up multiple prospects close to the majors (Ex: Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw) and players who are already helping the team (Ex: Joe Panik).
The following list are five potential non-tendered players who could help the San Francisco Giants next year: