The Marlins parted ways with Henderson Alvarez on Wednesday, declining to tender a contract offer for the upcoming season to the former All-Star pitcher.
The decision was based on the uncertainty surrounding Alvarez, who is recovering from shoulder surgery and might not be ready to pitch again until May or June.
Alvarez was projected to earn $4 million through salary arbitration. In the end, the cost wasn’t worth the risk for the Marlins. Alvarez can now become a free agent, though the Marlins could still attempt to re-sign him.
Alvarez, who was acquired by the Marlins in their blockbuster trade with Toronto after the 2012 season, tossed a final-day no-hitter in 2013, was named to the All-Star team in 2014 and made the Opening Day start for the Marlins last season.
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But after making just four starts and going 0-4, a shoulder injury ended the right-hander’s season.
The decision whether to tender contracts to the Marlins’ nine other players eligible for salary arbitration was much easier.
The Marlins tendered contracts to Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon, Adeiny Hechavarria, A.J. Ramos, Carter Capps, Tom Koehler, Bryan Morris and David Phelps.
Reliever Aaron Crow, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, was not tendered. Crow stood to make about $2 million through the arbitration process.