Mike Rizzo doesn’t get much rest this time of year, and in a strategic decision non-tendered Craig Stammen as we thought may happen in our comments section 3 days ago based on Gonat’s thoughts that it might happen.
Wednesday was the Tender/Non-Tender deadline for arbitration eligible players. The Nats began the off-season with 9 arbitration eligible players and DFA’d reliever David Carpenter which reduced the Nats eligibles to just 8 players.
.@Nationals avoid arbitration with 1B/OF Tyler Moore and catcher Jose Lobaton.
— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) December 3, 2015
Rizzo was able to negotiate contracts for Tyler Moore at $900,000 and José Lobaton for just over $1.38 million. Both deals were slightly below the MLBTR and TalkNats estimates.
Here are the remaining 5 arbitration eligible players who were all tendered contracts for which the Nats will try to work out contracts prior to the arbitration deadline.
- Stephen Strasburg
- Drew Storen
- Wilson Ramos
- Anthony Rendon
- Danny Espinosa
The Wednesday deadline had a few surprises like Petit of San Francisco and Cishek of St. Louis, Bourjos of St. Louis, Henderson Alvarez of Miami, and other names include Chris Carter, Minor, Feliz and Holland.
The Nats currently have 37 players on the 40 man roster after Stammen was removed which would allow Mike Rizzo to make 3 additional moves like signing a player like Steve Cishek for instance.
Good call by Gonat 3 days ago: