Dan Cortes can now negotiate with all 30 baseball teams.
I totally understand four of these moves. Vargas, Kelly, and League were all good enough to receive contracts next year, and there is no way that Chris Gimenez is anything better than an non-roster invitee guy. But I don’t get dumping Cortes.
First thing, Cortes is not arbitration eligible, but rather, open up 40 man roster spots. The 40 man presently sits at 36, so I don’t see the insistence on letting Cortes go.
Granted, Cortes is coming off a season that ended in an injury (a broken bone in his throwing hand) and he had fairly minor surgery on his shoulder, but that doesn’t justify sending him out of town in my opinion. He’s got the kind of physical talent that is worth a roster spot, and even if he’s very hurt, they could have put him on the 60 day disabled list to free up a spot.
Dan Cortes has shut-down reliever potential, and when the savings are basically nothing, it looks like the kind of move that could make the Mariners regret making it very quickly.
Then again, Cortes could come back to Seattle, but he’s almost assured to have a spot on someones 40 man roster, so those prospects are doubtful.