With a midnight non-tender deadline looming, the Mets have notified shortstop Omar Quintanilla and reliever Scott Atchison that they will not be tendered a contract, both players informed The Star-Ledger via text message this afternoon. The two players are now free agents, leaving the Mets' 40-man roster at 38, though both can re-sign with the Mets at a reduced rate. Atchison told The Star-Ledger that the Mets have already expressed some interest in bringing him back, but an offer hasn't been made and he plans on testing the free-agent market. MLB Trade Rumors projected Atchison would've earned $1.3 million through arbitration in 2014. That is pricey for a 37-year-old reliever with a lengthy injury record. In 2009, doctors discovered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in Atchison’s right elbow that he has pitched through without undergoing Tommy John surgery. He missed about a month of the season with an elbow injury and another month with a groin strain as he posted a 4.37 ERA over 45 1/3 innings. According to MLB Trade Rumors’ projection, Quintanilla, 32, would have made $900,000 through arbitration in 2014. But the Mets have been transparent in their pursuit of a shortstop this offseason and Quintanilla was the odd man out, though he can re-sign with the Mets for a cheaper salary. While Ruben Tejada recorded a disastrous 2013, he is just 24 years old and projected to earn $1 million as a Super-2 player. In addition, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, citing the thin shortstop market, indicated Tejada could remain the Mets’ starting shortstop despite public declarations that a replacement was a priority this offseason.
Mets non-tender Omar Quintanilla, Scott Atchison with midnight deadline looming
Newark Star-Ledger | Dec 2