The Detroit Tigers have officially let go of their longtime third baseman
The Detroit Tigers have announced which players have received contracts for the 2023 season and which ones haven't. Among the players who didn't receive a contract, commonly know as being non-tendered, was third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who had been the team's third baseman since 2018.
This really isn't a surprise. Candelario hadn't been consistent enough during his time in Detroit. He had a great shortened 2020 season, followed by 3.8 bWAR season in 2021. There was even talk of him being extended following the 2021 season. The Tigers dodged a major bullet there, as Candelario was worth just 0.6 bWAR and had arguably his worst offensive season to date.
His defense really suffered as well. He had 11 errors in 2022, the most he's ever had in a season. His time here was up.
This wasn't the only era to come to an end. Yes, the reign of the Castros has also finally come to an and as both Harold and Willi Castro were non-tendered as well. Harold was a negative WAR player, and Willi just wasn't good enough. They both had their moments, but the Detroit Tigers can do better.
Other players that were non-tendered today include RHPs Miguel Diaz and Kyle Funkhouser, C Michael Papierski, and INF Brendon Davis. None of these were very surprising either.
This means that all other players eligble for arbitration were tendered contracts for the 2023 season. These players are as follows: RHPs Joe Jimenez, Jose Cisnero, and Rony Garcia, LHPs Tyler Alexander and Gregory Soto, and OF Austin Meadows. Alexander's deal is the only one where the terms have been disclosed (one year, $1.875 million).
The roster purge is in full swing. Scott Harris has officially blown this roster to bits. The Tigers will have to rework their entire infield now that Candelario is gone. They could still get rid of Jonathan Schoop at some point. If you think this is over, you're sorely mistaken. It's just getting started. We've got a whole offseason to go, folks.
There were some interesting non-tenders from other teams as well—some that could be of interest to the Tigers. Sometime over the next few days, we'll pick a few of our favorites and go into detail about why the Tigers should sign them.