With the arbitration deadline last night at midnight, the Rays offered contracts to five players, but not to Jonny Gomes. Gomes is now a free agent, and it doesn't seem likely that the Rays will bring him back for the 2009 season. Here is list from MLB.com of all the players that were non-tendered and are now free agents.
A few more big free agent signings yesterday:
- The Yanks reach agreement with free agent starter A.J. Burnett. The Yankess may not be done with free agent starters, they are still looking to sign Derek Lowe or Ben Sheets. Even if they sign Lowe or Sheets, it seems likely that one of these starters may get injured and not showcase the best rotation on paper.
- Outfielder Raul Ibanez signs with the Philles, replacing Pat Burrell as the new starting leftfielder. Draysbay makes a good point about this signing, which the contract is 3 years/30 million, and could effect the contracts of other big bat free agents, which is a priority of the Rays this off season.