The non-tender date came before the Winter Meetings this year, meaning the class of free agents available as the baseball world descends on Nashville just expanded.
Three to keep an eye on:
1. Jair Jurrjens, RHP
Why the Braves non-tendered him: A 1.86 WHIP and 6.89 ERA in 2012, when he struck out 19 and walked 18 in 481/3 innings in the majors. He didn't exactly light up the minors either.
Why he's worth a look: He's only 26 and one year removed from a 2.96 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
2. John Lannan, LHP
Why the Nationals non-tendered him: It had more to do with money and roster space than performance, though he wasn't great in six major league starts.
Why he's worth a look: Lannan had a 3.70 ERA in 2011, when he pitched 1842/3 innings, and teams always need a 180+ inning lefty.
3. Mike Pelfrey, RHP
Why the Mets non-tendered him: He made only three starts in 2012 before needing Tommy John surgery.
Why he's worth a look: He has pitched at least 1841/3 innings and started at least 31 games in each of the past four seasons.
I'm traveling to Nashville today for the meetings, and I'll catch up with you once I get there.
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