OF Francisco is only non-tender
OF Ben Francisco was the only player non-tendered by the Rays, who went right up to Friday’s midnight deadline.
Francisco, who hit .228 in 24 games after being acquired Aug. 31 from Houston, made $1.54-million and was projected for a raise of close to $2-million. With the free-agent loss of B.J. Upton the Rays are looking for another outfielder.
INF Ryan Roberts appeared to be a candidate to be non-tendered as he hit .214 in 60 games after being acquired July 24, made $2.01-million and is in line for an increase to around $3-million. The Rays haven’t set their plans for the middle infield, and veteran Jeff Keppinger is a free agent, so scenario now is that Ben Zobrist stays at shortstop and Roberts plays second.
RHP Burke Badenhop, who made $1.075-million last season while pitching in 66 games with a 3.03 ERA, may also have been in question, as he is projected for an increase to around $1.6-million.
As expected, the Rays tendered contracts to American League Cy Young Award winner David Price, righthander Jeff Niemann, outfielders Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce, and infielder Sean Rodriguez.
Among players non-tendered by other teams that could be of interest to the Rays were first baseman Mark Reynolds (Orioles), first baseman/DH Dan Johnson (White Sox) and catchers Geovany Soto (Cubs) and Bobby Wilson (Blue Jays).