More donuts for the rest of the Rays! We have known for a while that Dioner Navarro would not be back in 2011. But yesterday the door hit him in the ass. There is probably a repair man fixing the door as you read this.
Yesterday was the deadline to tender contracts to players not under contract with less than six years experience. The Rays chose to non-tender Dioner Navarro , JP Howell, Willy Aybar and Lance Cormier. All four are now free agents. The Rays did tender Dan Johnson and Andy Sonnanstine.
While Navarro will not be back, there is a good chance the Rays will re-sign Howell and will try to re-sign Cormier and Aybar. Howell, Cormier and Aybar were likely non-tendered because the Rays think they will sign for less than what they would have received through arbitration. In other words, the Rays want those players to take a paycut, something that an arbitrator would not have done.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- JP Howell says he wants to be back. [The Heater]
- The Rays announced the signings of five minor leaguers, three of whom were in the organization last year. If things break a certain way, there could be a bench player or two in here. But more likely, these guys are just triple-A depth. [The Heater]
- Paul Sullivan calls Carlos Pena one of the Cubs’ best options at first base. [Chicago Tribune]
- Pat Burrell’s deal with the Giants is for $1 million plus incentives. [Hardball Talk]