Major League Baseball’s free-agent pool — which numbers nearly 200 already — figures to grow by perhaps another 100 Wednesday, after the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players passes.
The new group of free agents could include Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario.
Rosario is projected to make more than $10 million next season, a number the Twins don’t want to pay in baseball’s hard economic times. A major league source confirmed Rosario is on waivers, and any team can claim him until noon Wednesday and pay him next season’s salary.
If Rosario clears waivers, the Twins could try to work out a club-friendly deal with a player who led the team in RBI each of the past two seasons.
Without such an agreement, they are likely to nontender Rosario, letting the 29-year-old walk away after six seasons in Minnesota.
Rosario case isn’t unique in MLB. As teams make tough decisions, many familiar names will not be tendered by the 7 p.m. deadline and will become free agents.
According to Commissioner Rob Manfred, MLB teams lost more than $3 billion in revenue in 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic limited the season to 60 regular-season games with no fans in attendance. There remains economic uncertainty about 2021 with COVID-19 numbers surging.
That will impact personnel decisions across the leagues this offseason.
“We recognize there are unique circumstances that played out this year and some uncertainty as we progress…