MLB is not yet done finalizing the official 2023 free agent class. On Friday, the league's non-tender deadline approaches at 8 p.m. ET.
Clubs around baseball use this opportunity to either tender or not tender contracts to the 250 players eligible for salary arbitration. Essentially, if a team believes one player is not worth what they will receive in arbitration, they'll non-tender that player a contract to clear a roster spot and release them into the free agency pool
MLB insider Mark Feinsand created a list of the 11 most likely non-tender candidates, and one St. Louis Cardinals All-Star pitcher made the list.
That player is reliever Alex Reyes. Reyes did not throw a single pitch in the majors this year after undergoing shoulder surgery. However, he was dominant during his most recent season in 2021.
Reyes tossed 72 1/3 innings across 69 appearances in his lone All-Star campaign, pitching to a solid 3.24 ERA and locking down 29 saves. The 28-year-old has been with St. Louis since 2016.
Using an arbitration projection of $2.9 million for 2023, Feinsand mentioned that the "Cardinals could decide to cut bait" on Reyes considering he'll likely miss additional time next year as well and may not be as effective when he returns.
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