MLB free agency: Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Cardinals’ Alex Reyes top non-tender list now on the market

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop and former National League MVP Cody Bellinger was the most notable name not offered a contract before Major League Baseball’s Friday afternoon non-tender deadline.

As a result, Bellinger and all of the names listed below are now free agents since they were not offered 2023 contracts prior to the non-tender period for pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players. Those players are now free to trade with any team, including the team that simply didn’t tender them. Teams generally non-tender players because they have very limited interest in bringing them back, but in some cases still interested in a reunion but not the salary the player would likely have given in the arbitration process or lead to the arbitration process.

In Bellinger’s case, the Dodgers have probably made the latter decision. It’s not often that 27-year-old former MVPs who excel at middle-of-the-road defensive positions find themselves in such a position, but it speaks to Bellinger’s precipitous decline at the plate. Over the past two seasons, he’s managed to hit just .193/.256/.355 (64 OPS+) with 29 home runs in a total of 239 games, while also showing generally poor batted-ball metrics. Since Bellinger was likely to make around $18 million for next season through arbitration, the Dodgers decided he wasn’t worth the price tag in light of his extensive struggles at the plate. However, it should be reiterated that this does not necessarily mean that Bellinger’s days with the Dodgers are over. Given his defensive value, age and potential (he hit 47 games during that 2019 MVP season), there will be a market for his services, including, perhaps, a return to LA

Another notable name is that of the right-hand man of St. Louis Cardinals, Alex Reyes. The 28-year-old former All-Star has electric stuff and for a long time was perhaps the top prospect in baseball. However, a long run of injuries prevented him from reaching that ceiling and staying there. Reyes boasts an impressive 2.86 ERA at the top level, but has managed just 145 innings over parts of five MLB seasons.

Now, here’s a look at all the names that were not tendered on Friday and are therefore now part of the free agent pool for the 2022-23 offseason. 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 Stephens, RHP Brooks Wilson
Baltimore Orioles: No one
Boston Red Sox: INF Yu Chang, OF/1B Franchy Cordero
Chicago Cubs: LHP Brailyn Marquez, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Alexander Vizcaíno
Chicago White Sox: OF Adam Engel, INF Danny Mendick, OF Mark Payton
Cincinnati Reds: OF Aristedes Aquino, OF Allan Cerda, RHP Kyle Dowdy, RHP Daniel Duarte, RHP Jeff Hoffman, RHP Derek Law, RHP Jared Solomon, RHP Art Warren
Cleveland Guardians: LHP Anthony Gose, C Luke Maile
Colorado Rockies: INF/OF Garrett Hampson
Detroit Tigers: 3B Jeimer Candelario, INF Brendan Davis, INF Harold Castro, INF Willi Castro, C Michael Papierski, RHP Miguel Diaz, RHP Kyle Funkhouser
Houston Astros: RHP Josh James
Kansas City Royals: LHP Jake Brentz, RHP Nate Webb
Los Angeles Angels: LHP Jonathan Diaz, RHP Touki 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 Jandel Gustave, RHP Luis Perdomo
Minnesota Twins: No one
New York Mets: RHP Sean Reid-Foley, 1B/OF Dominic Smith
New York Yankees: No one
Oakland Athletics: RHP Deolis Guerra, LHP Jared Koenig, INF David MacKinnon
Philadelphia Phillies: No one
Pittsburgh Pirates: No one
St. Louis Cardinals: OF Ben DeLuzio, RHP Alex Reyes
San Diego Padres: C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Efraín Contreras
San Francisco Giants: RHP Sam Delaplane, LHP Jarlín García, RHP Mauricio Llovera, Dom Núñez, Drew Strotman, C Meibrys Viloria, INF Jason Vosler, INF Donnie Walton, INF Colton Welker, LHP Alex Young
Seattle Mariners: C Brian O’Keefe, C Luis Torrens, RHP Luke Weaver
Tampa Bay Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough
Texas Rangers: RHP Nick Snyder
Toronto Blue Jays: INF Vinny Capra, OF Raimel Tapia, OF Bradley Zimmer
Washington Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde, RHP Tommy Romero, 1B Luke Voit

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