Over the next week or so, MLB teams will make a series of minor transactions to get their 40-man rosters in order prior to next month's Rule 5 Draft. Dec. 2 (next Monday) is the non-tender deadline — that is the day teams have to make their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players a contract offer for 2020 — and those players are most at risk of losing their roster spots.
Teams non-tender players when their projected performance outweighs their projected salary. Last year Mike Fiers, Billy Hamilton, and Jonathan Schoop were among the notable players non-tendered. Sometimes these players are cut loose before the non-tender deadline because teams need the roster space and can't wait. That's good for the player. It gives him more time to find a new team.
In the coming days several players, including some familiar names, will be placed on waivers and removed from the 40-man roster. These players were all non-tender candidates and, rather than wait until the Dec. 2 deadline, some teams got a head start on their roster cleanup. Here are the latest players to be dropped from their team's 40-man roster.
The White Sox have placed Yolmer Sanchez, the 2019 AL Gold Glove winner at second base, on outright waivers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Sanchez was projected to make about $6 million through arbitration in 2020 and the ChiSox deemed that too expensive for a well-below-average hitter, even if he saves so many runs defensively.