The Opener: Non-Tender Deadline, Bellinger, Diamondbacks

With one more offseason deadline upon us, listed here are three issues we’ll be watching round baseball at this time:

1. The Non-Tender Deadline Is Today

This offseason’s non-tender deadline is tonight at 7:00pm CT. Typically, the main focus of the n0n-tender deadline is arbitration stage gamers, though it is not extraordinary for pre-arbitration gamers to be non-tendered as nicely. Matt Swartz’s arbitration projections present a complete checklist of arbitration-eligible gamers throughout MLB and their projected 2023 salaries. Some groups have taken steps to handle roster issues forward of the non-tender deadline, such because the Rays preemptively buying and selling Ji-Man Choi to the Pirates. In some instances, a membership and its participant will come to an settlement previous to the non-tender deadline, as a number of already did yesterday (eg Cardinals and Chris Stratton). There’s loads of groups with a lot of selections left to make because the deadline approaches, nonetheless, together with the Brewers, who’ve a large arbitration class of 18 gamers.

2. What Will The Dodgers Do With Bellinger?

Perhaps probably the most vital determination any group faces resulting from at this time’s deadline is that of the Dodgers on former MVP Cody Bellinger. Just just a few years in the past, he was extensively thought-about one of many sport’s brightest stars, however back-to-back disastrous seasons on the plate, mixed with Bellinger’s projected $18.1MM wage for 2023, may give the Dodgers pause about retaining him for subsequent season . Bellinger nonetheless has worth as a plus baserunner and wonderful glove within the area, however his .193/.256/.355 slash line because the begin of the 2021 season conjures up little confidence in his bat going ahead. As one of many sport’s monetary powerhouses, the Dodgers may conceivably be extra snug taking a threat of this nature than most groups; a one-year, $18.1MM contract wouldn’t be fairly as painful for them as it will be for others ought to Bellinger battle once more in 2023. If the Dodgers in the end do non-tender Bellinger, his free company can be an interesting one to comply with, as he would be a part of a skinny heart area market behind prime choice Brandon Nimmo.

3. Lewis Trade Furthers Outfield Logjam In Arizona

Yesterday’s Opener mentioned how Seattle’s current commerce for Teoscar Hernandez added to a logjam of their outfield and prompt they could look to commerce from that newfound depth within the coming days. That got here to move fairly shortly because the Mariners dealt the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis to the Diamondbacks yesterday in alternate for Cooper Hummel. Lewis has struggled following his breakout 2020 marketing campaign resulting from a variety of vital accidents, however the acquisition of a participant of his abilities may definitely deal with Arizona’s want for added right-handed energy in 2023. While Lewis does verify a field on GM Mike Hazen’s offseason buying checklist, the commerce additionally provides to Arizona’s personal outfield logjam. Corbin Carroll and Daulton Varsho are probably set in heart and proper area, leaving Jake McCarthyformer prime prospect Alec Thomas, Dominic Fletcher and Lewis (who may additionally spend ample time at DH) to vie for reps. Furthermore, if Lewis certainly occupies the DH slot for a good portion of his taking part in time, maybe no participant is as impacted by Arizona’s latest acquisition than Seth Beer, who struggled in restricted taking part in time in 2022 and will see his additional alternatives restricted additional going ahead. Carroll and Varsho are overwhelmingly unlikely to maneuver, however the D-backs ought to nonetheless obtain curiosity within the the rest of their outfield/DH choices. MLBTR’s Steve Adams took a deeper take a look at Arizona’s outfield logjam again in September.

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