If you thought the free-agent market was already packed with talent, it became a little more crowded Friday.

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is tonight at 8:00 ET, presenting many clubs with difficult decisions.

If you thought the free-agent market was already packed with talent, it became a little more crowded Friday.

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is tonight at 8:00 ET, presenting many clubs with difficult decisions.

A year ago, players such as Matt Adams, Mike Fiers and Jared Hughes were non-tendered, each of them going on to solid seasons that helped their new clubs.

Who might be the best of the bunch of this year’s non-tender crop? Here’s a look at some of the intriguing players who suddenly find themselves without a team. (Note: Players with an asterisk have been reported as being non-tendered, but the club has not yet formally announced it.)

Billy Hamilton, OF (non-tendered by Reds)*
The Reds’ decision to cut Hamilton loose was one of the more surprising moves made Friday. Hamilton had topped the 50-steals mark for four straight seasons from 2014-17, but he swiped only 34 bags in ’18 after posting a .299 on-base percentage for a second straight season, earning $4.6 million in the process. In his five full seasons, he’s never posted an OPS higher than .664. He will make a valuable addition to somebody’s roster, though likely as a platoon player or in a bench role.

Avisail Garcia, OF (non-tendered by White Sox)
The White Sox have been trying to move the 2017 All-Star for a couple weeks, but with no apparent takers. His OPS plummeted from .885 to .719 last season, and with one year remaining until free agency, the White Sox opted not to pay him whatever he was due in his final year of arbitration after earning $6.7 million in 2018.

Matt Davidson, 1B/DH (non-tendered by White Sox)
Davidson has shown power at the plate (46 home runs over the past two seasons), but he’s posted a .726 OPS combined during those campaigns. His on-base percentage did rise from .260 to .319 in 2018, the White Sox apparently decided his overall game wasn’t worth whatever raise he would get in his first year of arbitration. Davidson should be an interesting DH/platoon option (.882 OPS vs. LHP last season) for some AL teams.

Wilmer Flores, INF (non-tendered by Mets)*
Flores has been a useful player for the Mets throughout his career, but with Robinson Cano seemingly headed for Queens to take over at second base and Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier firmly planted on the left side of the infield, the 27-year-old became expendable. Flores — who might be best known for shedding tears when he thought he had been traded in 2015 — earned $3.4 million last season and was becoming an expensive bench player for the Mets. He should have no trouble catching on elsewhere, possibly in a platoon role (he had an .804 OPS vs. LHP last season).

Jonathan Schoop, 2B (non-tendered by Brewers)
An All-Star in 2017, Schoop regressed with the Orioles in ’18 before being traded to the Brewers on July 31. He struggled with Milwaukee, posting a .577 OPS with only four home runs in 46 games. Schoop earned $8.5 million last season and was due a raise in his final year of arbitration. Given his production in 2016-17, Schoop should be a starting infield option for several teams.

Shelby Miller, RHP (non-tendered by D-backs)
Miller, who came to Arizona in a trade with the Braves that included Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte, pitched only 38 innings over the past two seasons because of injuries. An All-Star in 2015, the 28-year-old still has upside, but given his $4.9 million salary last season and only one year of control remaining, the D-backs decided to move on. Miller, who had a 3.02 ERA in 205 1/3 innings in 2015, can’t be counted on as a reliable arm in 2019, but the talent has always been there.

Yangervis Solarte, INF (non-tendered by Blue Jays)
Following a second straight season in which his slash line numbers fell (he hit .226/.277/.378 in 122 games), Solarte had his $5.5 million option bought out by Toronto for $750,000. His infield versatility and power at the plate should make him an appealing utility candidate for other teams.

Other players who were non-tendered:
Dan Jennings, LHP, Brewers
Xavier Cedeno, LHP, Brewers
Bubba Starling, OF, Royals
Jason Adam, RHP, Royals
Andres Machado, RHP, Royals
Samir Duenez, 1B, Royals
Brad Boxberger, RHP, D-backs
Chris Owings, INF/OF, D-backs

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