Quintanilla, Atchison, Valdespin Non-tendered

With the non-tender deadline midnight tonight, the Mets have informed Omar Quintanilla, Scott Atchison, and Jordany Valdespin that they will not be tendered contracts for 2014, making them free agents.

The Mets still have to decide whether to tender offers to Daniel Murphy, Dillon Gee, Ike Davis, Bobby Parnell, Eric Young, Jr., Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda, and Justin Turner.

As it stands now, the Mets have 37 players on their 40-man roster.

According to MLBTradeRumors, the remaining non-tender candidates are projected to earn the following through the arbitration process:

Daniel Murphy – $5.8MM
Ike Davis – $3.5MM
Dillon Gee – $3.4MM
Bobby Parnell – $3.2MM
Eric Young – $1.9MM
Lucas Duda – $1.8MM
Ruben Tejada – $1MM
Justin Turner – $800K

For what it’s worth, Quintanilla was projected to earn $900K, and Atchison, $1.3M, if they had been offered arbitration. Funny, isn’t it, that Tejada is projected to make more than Quintanilla and Turner, yet, he’d be the most likely to start 2014 in AAA?

The price for Parnell seems to be a bargain, if you believe he’ll continue next year where he left off in 2013. Same with Gee, especially considering the most recent prices paid for #4 starters on the free agent market. But those bargain prices are somewhat nullified by the million bucks for Tejada and the money likely to be awarded to Davis, Duda, and Young. And is Daniel Murphy a nearly six-million-dollar man? Steve Austin might argue against that. But then again, the way free agent prices are escalating, maybe paying a one-dimensional player $5.8M isn’t so bad.

A million dollars for Ruben Tejada, though … wow. Nice living, these big leaguers have, eh? Somewhere, Anderson Hernandez is kicking himself for not hanging around just a little bit longer. Wait … “AHern” just spent a year playing in Mexico, hitting .295, and he’s only 31. Maybe he could be 2014’s Marlon Byrd?

What’s your thought on the Mets non-tendering Quintanilla, Atchison, and Valdespin? By the way, any of the three could wind up signing with the Mets later — I’d guess Omar Q. is the most likely of the three to return. And what about the remaining decisions? Would you cut any of them loose? Why or why not? Answer in the comments.

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  1. argonbunnies December 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    Surprised about Valdespin. How do you non-tender someone who isn’t arbitration-eligible until 2016? Isn’t he simply a free asset until then?

    He’ll probably never be a major leaguer, but as he’s yet to turn 26, that’s still less certain than with many guys in Vegas.

    Is Sandy doing Bud a favor by pretending to stand up against steroids?

    • Quinn December 3, 2013 at 1:47 am
      Yea he is standing up to steroids by signing Byrd last year and being linked to every PED violating F.A out there. It was a poor move made out of dislike.
    • Quinn December 3, 2013 at 1:48 am
      is Daniel Murphy a nearly six-million-dollar man?
      If Chris young is a 7 Mil man then yes.
  2. NormE December 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    Non-tendering Turner instead of paying the 800K seems short-sighted. He could be a useful chip as a cheap part in a future trade.
    If the Mets lose both Q. and Turner they will have to make a move on another SS or go with Tejada and Tovar. Not a pleasant thought.
  3. Chris December 2, 2013 at 11:35 pm
    I saw on ESPN that turner was nontendered. Very surprising as it seemed like the org liked him and he was cheap. I’m glad the other 3 are gone as they didn’t add much to the team. The Mets are going to suck this year anyway, I say let Tejada have 1/2 a season to see if he can improve his attitude and play and either get lucky or cut him loose then. It’s not like they are getting anyone better
  4. argonbunnies December 3, 2013 at 1:19 am
    Looks like Hefner’s gone too. Gearing up for 5 Rule 5 picks?
    • Joe Janish December 3, 2013 at 1:30 am
      I’m stunned by the Turner and Hefner developments. Time for a new post!
      • micalpalin December 3, 2013 at 2:17 am
        My thoughts:
        Frankly I think ALL the moves were right.
        -Hef is not going to help the Mets and they need the roster slot. He was injured and probably not a competitor in a field of starters which includes Noah and Monty.
        -Turner. Yes we like him, but thinking back he SHOULD have made 2nd base his. frankly though, I think the Mets may still trade Murph, and give 2nd to Young, or Flores.
        -Spin. Why did this take so long? He burnt more bridges in the organization than there are in Mainland China.
        – As for the others…pretty obvious.
        Glad to see moves actually being made, not to mention the courting of Granderson.