Pena tendered

Carlos Pena, Jeremy Bonderman, Mike Maroth, Brandon Inge, and Craig Monroe were all tendered contracts by the Tigers. Midnight last night was the deadline for teams to offer contracts to players who were arbitration eligible, but not free agent eligible (those with between 3 and 6 years of Major League service time).

Now the question becomes which of that group, if any, receive long term deals. The advantage of signing a player to a long term contract at this point, is that you could secure the player’s first year or two of free agency, and perhaps save some money. The downside for the club is that they will probably have to pay a little more in the early years of the contract than they would going to arbitration each year. Also, they are locked into a long term contract when a series of one year deals would have been possible. From the player’s perspective they may give up some money at the end of the contract, to get a guaranteed 4 year deal.

Of the group, I’d say that Jeremy Bonderman would be the most likely to receive that long term deal. Given that Bonderman hasn’t been ace-like for an entire season yet, it may be cheaper to lock him up before that special season comes along. Also, with the escalation in pitcher salaries, locking him up at a lower rate now my be advantageous.

UPDATE: Here is a complete list of non-tenders from around the league.


  1. Brian A.

    December 21, 2005 at 10:14 am

    I think that Pena will be tradable before the deadline with even a halfway decent first part of the season. He’s kind of the odd man out of the logjam at 1B/DH now in my mind

  2. Jeff M

    December 21, 2005 at 11:16 am

    Yeah, hopefully we can get a mid-level prospect for him. Unfortunately, the first half is when he usually struggles, isn’t it?

  3. Tim D

    December 21, 2005 at 1:28 pm

    Trever Miller returns to Detroit?

    I like Jamal Strong, seen him play quite a bit. High average, takes walks, good speed. No power, not an everyday CF. good 4th OF. He’d be an offensive upgrade over Nook, but I doubt it will happen. Looks like Boston needs a CF. Craig Monroe for John Papelbon?

  4. Tim D

    December 21, 2005 at 1:30 pm

    Or how about Monroe and Pena for Papelbon and say Kevin Youkilis?

  5. billfer

    December 21, 2005 at 1:37 pm

    Now that White is no longer a Tiger, I don’t know if Monroe is as expendable. An outfield rotation of Granderson/Ordonez/Young/Logan stands to be disappointing either offensively or defensively depending on who is out there.

    Of course with Youkilis in the fold Inge could always cover outfield duties as well.

  6. Tim D

    December 21, 2005 at 1:49 pm

    Marcus Thames could likely put up the same numbers as Monroe if given 400+ AB’s. He’s absolutely smoked AAA.

  7. Brian A.

    December 22, 2005 at 5:10 pm

    I don’t think we could get Papelbon from the Sox but Youks might be a possibility.

  8. Brian A.

    December 22, 2005 at 5:15 pm

    Of course I don’t know if I want to bump Inge from third because he’s been very good defensively whereas Youks would be much more average.

  9. Walewander

    December 22, 2005 at 7:23 pm

    We lost Rondell to the Twins.

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