NEW YORK — As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night.
Teams had until midnight to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. Once a player receives a contract offer, his team no longer can release him before the start of the season without giving him termination pay. That means a club would be responsible for about one-sixth of the salary, which could be a large amount if the player is eligible for arbitration.
Clubs often use the so-called tender deadline as leverage to force agreements with players they won’t go to arbitration with.
In the first announcement of the day, Kansas City declined to offer a contract to infielder Chris Getz, who made $1.05 million this year while hitting .220.
Detroit struck a one-year deal with infielder Don Kelly. In agreements announced Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers reached deals with outfielder Mike Baxter and catcher Drew Butera ($700,000 each) and left-hander Scott Elbert ($575,000).
With an excess of catching after reaching an agreement to sign Brian McCann, the New York Yankees traded Chris Stewart to Pittsburgh for a player to be named. The Yankees also finalized a $5 million, two-year contract with Brendan Ryan, who became their starter in September when Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list.
Among players already on the free-agent market, left-hander Scott Kazmir was closing in on a $22 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.
The new contract is pending a physical, a person said, speaking of anonymity because the team hadn’t finalized the deal.
Catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract with Toronto, a person familiar with those negotiations said, also speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.
Navarro will get $3 million next year and $5 million in 2016.
The Yankees also didn’t offer contracts to INFs Jayson Nix and David Adams and RHP Matt Daley. Nix hit .236 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 267 at-bats.
Nationals acquire Fister
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players.
The deal was announced Monday night. The Nationals sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray to Detroit.
The AL Central champion Tigers have been busy reshaping their roster this offseason. They traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas and also let All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta leave as a free agent for St. Louis.
The 29-year-old Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA last season. The righty was 32-20 in two-plus seasons with the Tigers and has pitched especially well in the postseason.
Fister joins a talented Nationals rotation that already includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez.
The Phillies signed veteran infielder Kevin Frandsen to a one-year $900,000 contract on Monday. He was arbitration eligible, but the Phillies decided to re-sign him.
Pitchers Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo were tendered contracts, as were outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry Jr. All major league teams had until midnight on Monday to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players. Players not tendered contracts became free agents.
Bonds pays $4,100
SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds has paid $4,100 in penalties stemming from his obstruction of justice conviction two years ago.
A filing Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco says Bonds paid the money Oct. 2. Bonds was fined $4,000, which goes to a crime victims fund, and given a $100 special assessment.
The seven-time NL MVP was convicted of one obstruction count in April 2011 by a jury that found an answer he gave was criminally evasive during 2003 testimony before a grand jury investigating the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs. The jury deadlocked on three counts charging Bonds with making false statements, and they were dismissed.
Bonds’ sentence from U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in December 2011 also included 30 days of house arrest with location monitoring, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service with youth-related activities.
Bonds’ conviction was upheld in September by a unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and he agreed to start serving the sentence. He has asked the 9th Circuit to have an 11-judge limited en banc panel review the case.