Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder and former National League MVP Cody Bellinger was the most notorious player not offered a contract before an unannounced Friday night deadline in Major League Baseball.
As a result, Bellinger and all of the names listed below are now free agents as they were not “up for sale” with 2023 contracts before the no-bid deadline for players eligible for pre-arbitration and arbitration. These players can now negotiate with any team, including the team that just didn’t put them up for auction. Teams generally do not tender players because they have very little interest in bringing them back, but in some cases they are still interested in a reunion but not in the salary the player would likely have received, or in the run-up to arbitration process.
In the case of Bellinger, the Dodgers likely made the final decision. It’s not often that 27-year-old former MVPs who excel in defensive positions in the middle find themselves in that position, but it speaks to Bellinger’s slump at the plate. Over the past two seasons, he’s only managed .193/.256/.355 (64 OPS+) batting with 29 home runs in a total of 239 games while posting a generally poor batting record. With Bellinger likely to earn around $18 million next season through arbitration, the Dodgers decided he wasn’t worth the price in light of his continued struggle for the plate. However, it’s worth reiterating that this doesn’t necessarily mean that Bellinger’s days with the Dodgers are over. Given his defensive value, age, and power potential (he hit 47 home runs in that 2019 MVP season), the market for his services will be in demand, possibly including in Los Angeles.
Another big name is St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes. The 28-year-old former All-Star has electric gadgets and has long been arguably the best player in baseball. However, a long string of injuries prevented him from reaching and staying on that ceiling. Reyes boasts an impressive 2.86 ERA at his highest level, but has only managed 145 innings in five MLB seasons.
Now take a look at all the names that didn’t bid on Friday and are thus now part of the free agent pool for the 2022-23 off-season. The names are organized by the non-bidding team.
Arizona Diamondbacks: RHP Reyes Moronta
Atlanta Braves: RHP Silvino Bracho, OF Guillermo Heredia, RHP Alan Rangel, RHP Jackson Stevens, RHP Brooks Wilson
Baltimore Orioles: Nobody
Boston Red Sox: INF Yu Chang, OF/1B Franchy Cordero
Chicago Cubs: LHP Brilin Marquez, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Alexander Vizcaino
Chicago White Sox: OF Adam Engel, INF Danny Mendik, OF Mark Payton
Cincinnati Reds: Aristedes Aquino, Allan Cerda, RHP Kyle Dowdy, RHP Daniel Duarte, RHP Jeff Hoffman, RHP Derek Lowe, RHP Jared Solomon, RHP Art Warren
Cleveland Guardians: LHP Anthony Goes, C Luke Mayle
Rocky Mountains of Colorado: INF/OF Garrett Hampson
Detroit Tigers: 3B Jamer Candelario, INF Brendan Davis, INF Harold Castro, INF Willy Castro, C Michael Papierski, RHP Miguel Diaz, RHP Kyle Funhauser
Houston Astros: RHP Josh James
Kansas City Royals: LHP Jake Brentz, RHP Nate Webb
Los Angeles Angels: LHP Jonathan Diaz, RHP, Tuki Toussaint, RHP Nash Walters, LHP Rob Zastryzny
Los Angeles Dodgers: OF Cody Bellinger, INF Edwin Rios, OF/INF Luke Williams
Miami Marlins: INF/OF Brian Anderson, RHP Nick Neidert
Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Trevor Gott, RHP Yandel Gustave, RHP Luis Perdomo
Minnesota Twins: Nobody
New York Mets: RHP Sean Reid-Foley, 1B/OF Dominic Smith
New York Yankees: Nobody
Oakland Athletics: RHP Deolis Guerra, LHP Jared Koenig, INF David McKinnon
Philadelphia Phillies: Nobody
Pittsburgh Pirates: Nobody
St. Louis Cardinals: OF Ben DeLuzio, RHP Alex Reyes
San Diego Padres: C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Efrain Contreras
San Francisco Giants: RHP Sam Delaplan, LHP Jarlin Garcia, RHP Mauricio Llovera, Dom Nunez, Drew Strotman, C Maibris Viloria, INF Jason Vosler, INF Donny Walton, INF Colton Welker, LHP Alex Young
Seattle Mariners: C Brian O’Keefe, C Louis Torrens, RHP Luke Weaver
Tampa Bay Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough
Texas Rangers: RHP Nick Snyder
Toronto Blue Jays: INF Vinnie Capra, Raimel Tapia, Bradley Zimmer
Washington Nationals: RHP Eric Fedde, RHP Tommy Romero, 1B Luke Voight