Jose Pirela 2B SD 2 days ago
The Padres declined to tender Pirela a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Pirela was one of six players cut loose by San Diego. The 27-year-old went 6-for-39 with two extra-base hits and a 1:9 BB:K in the majors last year and the results at Triple-A El Paso were less than stellar. He hasn't played shortstop over the past couple years and appears destined to continue on as a fringe major leaguer in 2017.
OUTErik Johnson SP SD 2 days ago
The Padres declined to tender Johnson (elbow) a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
This was a given, as Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery in October and is set to miss the entire 2017 campaign. Johnson was hit hard in six starts between Chicago and San Diego last season, giving a whopping 14 home runs in just 31.1 innings.
OUTJon Edwards RP SD 2 days ago
The Padres declined to tender Edwards (elbow) a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
A flexor strain suffered in spring training put Edwards on the DL to begin the season, and an early-June setback effectively ended his year. Edwards' health is still a question mark heading into the spring and he will probably not be assured an Opening Day bullpen job no matter where he signs.
Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/DH SD 2 days ago
The Padres declined to tender Amarista a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Amarista provided versatility off the Padres' bench, making starts at five different positions last season. He makes decent contact but has never been an offensive threat (career .230/.276/.320), and there's a chance he could find himself back in the minors to begin 2017.
Eric Fryer C PIT 2 days ago
Fryer was non-tendered by the Pirates on Friday and is now a free agent.
Fryer holds a .254/.332/.328 line in 291 career plate appearances and will go looking for a team in need of backup catcher. His fantasy value remains negligible, but there should be a team that values him as decent catching depth.
Jeff Locke P PIT 2 days ago
Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates on Friday and will now hit free agency.
Locke was designated for assignment on Tuesday, so the non-tendering is mostly a procedural move as Locke seeks out another team. The 29-year-old is now four seasons removed from his All-Star 2013 season, which was probably thanks to a good deal of luck judging from his 4.03 FIP that year, so he might need to make the full transition to reliever if he wants to stick in the majors going forward.
Gregorio Petit 2B/SS/3B LAA 2 days ago
Petit was non-tendered by the Angels on Friday, making him a free agent.
Petit was designated for assignment by the Angels in late November to make 40-man room, and will now take his talents elsewhere. The 31-year-old posted a .245/.299/.348 line in 2016 while playing five different positions on defense, so he could have some value to teams as a utility man.
Cody Ege P LAA 2 days ago
Ege was non-tendered by the Angels on Friday, making him a free agent.
Non-tendering Ege is a formality for the Angels, who designated him for assignment Thursday due to needing a 40-man spot. Ege will now look for a team seeking left-handed bullpen depth.
Matt Carasiti RP COL 2 days ago
Carasiti was non-tendered by the Rockies on Friday, making him a free agent.
Carasiti hit a wall at the major league level in 2016, going from a 1.96 ERA in 46 innings between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque to a 9.19 ERA in 15.2 innings with the Rockies. His results were apparently poor enough the Rockies decided he wasn't worth a roster spot, so he'll go looking for a team needing bullpen depth and willing to give him another shot at big league innings.
Stephen Cardullo 1B/2B COL 2 days ago
Cardullo was non-tendered by the Rockies on Friday, making him a free agent.
Cardullo's intriguing trajectory from four seasons in the independent leagues to the Rockies in 2016 took another turn as he hit free agency. He was solid enough in Triple-A during 2016, posting a PCL-inflated .308/.367/.522 for Triple-A Albuquerque, that he should at least be able to find another team needing minor league depth.