Could Blue Jays Non-Tender Esmil Rogers?

Esmil Rogers – USA Today Sports Images

While perusing the web this morning, I came across an interesting post at MLB Trade Rumors, where Tim Dierkes outlines the numerous players that could be non-tender candidates this winter. As Tim notes, the tender deadline for arbitration-eligible players is December 2nd, meaning that teams have to choose whether or not to cast away some players to free agency.

Among the players Dierkes lists, the Blue Jays had only one candidate and it was an interesting one at that; Esmil Rogers.

Rogers is an interesting case in that, as a swing-man between the rotation and bullpen, he ended up playing a huge role with the 2013 club. At the end of the season, Rogers ended up making nearly as many starts as he did relief appearances.

I Split W L ERA G IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP SO/9
as Starter 4 7 4.89 20 106.2 119 58 17 34 81 1.434 6.8
as Reliever 1 2 4.35 24 31.0 33 15 4 10 15 1.387 4.4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/7/2013.

The problem for Rogers is that he quite honestly wasn’t overly impressive in either role. He had his moments of brilliance, followed by others of complete loss. Interestingly enough, his strike-out rates were actually much higher as a starter (6.8 K/9) compared to as a reliever (4.4).

Rogers has openly campaigned for a starting role in 2014, but the Blue Jays are known to want to improve the rotation drastically, which would indicate that Rogers doesn’t have a place in it. As a first year arbitration-eligible player, MLBtr projects his 2014 salary as $1 million, if Toronto chooses to tender him.

That said, his tender fate may be tied more into the planned moves of the team than anything else. If Toronto chooses to pursue a starter through free agency, Rogers could be a cut victim. If the Blue Jays instead look to use their bullpen wealth to aid in finding that piece, then Rogers may have a role with the club after all. However, with the deadline approaching in less than 4 weeks’ time, the team will likely have to make a decision prior to making any serious moves with the club.

This one will definitely bear watching as the offseason gets underway, but in the meantime we can speculate. Do you think the Blue Jays will non-tender Esmil Rogers?

Topics: Toronto Blue Jays

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  • iains

    I think if it comes down to no spot to play him, the more likely scenario is tender him an offer and then shop him. Anthopoulos doesn’t give assets away.

  • iains

    I think if it comes down to no spot to play him, the more likely scenario is tender him an offer and then shop him. Anthopoulos doesn’t give assets away.

  • iains

    I think if it comes down to no spot to play him, the more likely scenario is tender him an offer and then shop him. Anthopoulos doesn’t give assets away.

  • iains

    I think if it comes down to no spot to play him, the more likely scenario is tender him an offer and then shop him. Anthopoulos doesn’t give assets away.

  • iains

    I think if it comes down to no spot to play him, the more likely scenario is tender him an offer and then shop him. Anthopoulos doesn’t give assets away.

  • iains

    I think if it comes down to no spot to play him, the more likely scenario is tender him an offer and then shop him. Anthopoulos doesn’t give assets away.

  • iains

    I think if it comes down to no spot to play him, the more likely scenario is tender him an offer and then shop him. Anthopoulos doesn’t give assets away.

  • Justin Jay

    I had a feeling the writing may be on the wall for Rogers… which makes the Aviles/Gomes for Rogers trade even worse

  • Bob Loblaw

    The market is full of good relievers, there’s really no demand. On the other hand, we basically have enough guys to give another team an entire bullpen, and a good one. Doesn’t that have value? I realize no one does “quantity for quality” trades, but seriously, a deep pen is a huge strength, especially with longmen like Rogers or Redmond.

    After the FA scene settles down, teams will figure out how much SP depth they still need. Maybe Happ will start looking better to someone like LAA. I wonder if they’d bite on Nolin and Happ with some of our relievers without options (Jeffress, L.Perez, Redmond etc) for Kendrick.