Midnight for fringe Mets; non-tender looms
December, 2, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Getty ImagesScott Atchison and Omar Quintanilla would appear among the vulnerable as the tender deadline approaches at midnight.
Arbitration-eligible Scott Atchison and Omar Quintanilla would appear among the most vulnerable of getting non-tendered and becoming free agents.
Atchison earned $700,000 last season while posting a 4.37 ERA in 45 1/3 innings. He spent two months on the disabled list -- first with elbow inflammation that caused numbness in his fingers, then with a groin injury while throwing warm-up pitches in Atlanta in his first game after being activated. Atchison turns 38 during spring training.
While Quintanilla can be useful off the bench, the Mets have Justin Turner for a backup middle-infield role. And the Mets have resolved that Quintanilla cannot serve in a starting capacity.
So the question would be: Do the Mets want to cut Quintanilla loose, then consider re-signing him on a minor-league contract that includes a salary closer to the $500,000 major-league minimum? That way, Quintanilla also would be off the 40-man roster.
He hit .222 with two homers and 21 RBIs in 315 at-bats last season.
One player who should not be non-tendered: Ike Davis. That does not mean Davis will remain a Met in 2014. Quite the contrary. But the club plans to trade Davis -- or, in a less likely scenario, Lucas Duda -- not cut Davis loose for nothing in return. Davis earned $3.125 million last season. He is projected to command $3.825 million in 2014.
Before non-tendering players, the Mets' 40-man roster is full.