2014 All-Non-tender Free Agent Team


This is the best – and I’m using that word VERY loosely – 25-man roster comprised solely of players who were non-tendered prior to Tuesday’s midnight deadline and are now free agents to sign with any team.

Admittedly, this team would struggle. I can’t imagine they’d be any worse than some of the Twins or Astros teams we’ve seen the last few years, but the lack of a backup catcher could prove costly.

Additionally, the fact that the two best arms in the rotation are currently working their way back from Tommy John surgery doesn’t do the team a lot of favors either.

Ultimately, I expect a last place finish with this club, but if this were the NFL, they could probably still win the NFC South.

Without any further ado, here’s your 2014 All-Non-tender Free Agent Team:

C – John Baker
1B – Justin Smoak
2B – Gordon Beckham
SS – Everth Cabrera
3B – Juan Francisco
LF – Kyle Blanks
CF – Eric Young Jr.
RF – Andy Dirks
B – Daniel Descalso
B – Adam Rosales
B – John Mayberry Jr
B – Gaby Sanchez

SP – Brandon Beachy
SP – Kris Medlen
SP – Wade LeBlanc
SP – Gus Schlosser
SP – Jose Campos
RP – Scott Snodgress
RP – Michael Kirkman
RP – Fracisley Bueno
RP – Wesley Wright
RP – Yoslan Herrera
RP – Logan Ondrusek
RP – David Huff
CL – Alexi Ogando

If it’s any consolation to the guys on this list, all of whom I know are reading my blog, we can safely assume that at least half-a-dozen of these guys should have contract offers headed their way in the next couple of days.

Medlen and Beachy both have huge upside if/when they can get healthy, regain form, and – most importantly – stay healthy for the long-term.

Francisco has tons of power and hits righties very well. At the very least, some team will want him as part of a platoon, despite his sketchy defense and inability to hit southpaws.

Ogando had a solid track record prior to this past season when he was done in by elbow problems. If he can prove he’s healthy, someone can expect a solid buy-low bounceback from him either as a starter, a reliever, or potentially as a shut-down closer on the cheap.

Everth Cabrera, for all of his off-field troubles, still has incredible speed and plays a solid shortstop, defense up the middle is very important in the modern game and he figures to find a home – perhaps in New York – sooner rather than later.

Elsewhere throughout the list there is a smattering of once-hyped, since busted prospects and bench-depth types that figure to be around and willing to sign when baseball turns the lights on at the end of the offseason dance and everyone needs to find a ride home.

Any thoughts on this squad? Anyone you’d like your team to sign this offseason? Any names you were surprised to see get non-tendered? Let me hear it in the comments.

About Jeremiah Graves

I am a professional library dude, a cheeseburger enthusiast, a wannabe writer, a slow-pitch softball center fielder, an avid hunter (of churros), a cat-person, and — hopefully — one of your two or three favorite Iowans.
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