Wednesday night marked the deadline for MLB teams to offer arbitration-eligible players a contract for the 2021 season. As expected, there were a handful of big names who did not receive an offer and are now free agents.
Among the 59 non-tenders:
OF Kyle Schwarber. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber helped the Chicago Cubs win a World Series ring in 2016 and had a pair of 30-homer seasons (including 38 in 2019), but was a defensive liability — first as a catcher and then as an outfielder. He hit .188/.308/.393 in 59 games last season with 11 home runs and 24 RBI. In his final year of arbitration, Schwarber, 27, had a salary of just over $7 million last season.
Kyle Schwarber hit .230 with 121 home runs during his six seasons with the Chicago Cubs. (Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images)
OF Adam Duvall. An All-Star in 2016 with the Cincinnati Reds, Duvall played the past three seasons with the Atlanta Braves. In 2020, he hit .237/.301/.532 and tied for third in the National League with 16 home runs, two behind the NL leader, teammate Marcell Ozuna.
OF David Dahl. The 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Dahl, 26, has been productive — when he's been on the field. He missed the entire 2017 season due to injury and has never played more than 100 games in any of his four major league seasons. However, he was an All-Star in 2019 and until this season had never had a slugging percentage below .500. An injury-plagued 2020 dropped his career slash line to .286/.334/.494.
OF Nomar Mazara. Following four fairly consistent seasons in Texas, Mazara's one season with the Chicago White Sox did not go well. He hit a career-low .228 with just one home run in 149 plate appearances after connecting for 20, 20, 20 and 19 homers with the Rangers (including a mammoth 505-foot blast in 2019). Still just 25, Mazara shouldn't have much trouble finding a new team.
Guys, Nomar Mazara hit a ball to the moon today.
Measured at 505 Feet, it’s the longest home run ever at the Ranger’s Ballpark in the Statcast Era. (via @Rangers) pic.twitter.com/VF6fsWgQlO
OF Eddie Rosario. A six-year veteran with the Minnesota Twins, Rosario, 29, had a career year in 2019 with 32 home runs and 109 RBI. However, he regressed last season and posted an OPS below .800 for the first time since 2016.
RP Archie Bradley. The seventh overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 draft, Bradley began his career as a starter before transitioning to the bullpen in his third major league season. After serving as a setup man in 2017 and 2018, he took over as the Diamondbacks closer in the middle of the 2019 season and recorded 18 saves. Traded to the Cincinnati Reds at this year's deadline, Bradley, 28, finished with a 2-0 record, 2.95 ERA and six saves in 18⅓ innings.
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