Big names added to free-agent pool
Cust, Wang, Atkins not tendered contracts before deadline
Oakland slugger Jack Cust, Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, Colorado third baseman Garrett Atkins and Pittsburgh closer Matt Capps were among the prominent players not tendered contracts prior to Saturday's 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, swelling the free-agent ranks.Other veterans granted free agency by virtue of not receiving contract offers are Nationals closer Mike MacDougal, Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes and the Giants' Ryan Garko.
A total of 39 non-tendered players immediately joined the 139 still unsigned from the original 171 who had declared free agency.However, the anticipated flood of free agents did not occur, as the dam was plugged by the 150-plus arbitration-eligible veterans who did receive offers of 2010 contracts, in addition to the 15 who actually signed new one-year deals as the clock ticked off. The salaries of the players non-tendered, thus releasing their clubs from engaging them in binding salary arbitration, ranged from the Major League minimum of $405,000 to Atkins' $7.05 million 2009 payday with the Rockies. Among the clubs whose decisions had been announced, only three barred this side-door to free agency, offering contracts to every unsigned player: Dodgers, Rangers and Twins.
|Brian Anderson||OF||Red Sox|
|D.J. Carrasco||RP||White Sox|
|Raul Chavez||C||Blue Jays|