By Joe Christensen
Over on his blog, Seth Stohs is reporting that Twins outfielder Jason Tyner was non-tendered last night. I have not been able to confirm that news this morning, but I have calls in to Jason and his agent.
I do know the Twins have discussed the possibility of non-tendering Tyner rather than take him through arbitration. He made $400,000 last year and could make $1 million in his first year of arbitration. With Craig Monroe officially in the fold, the Twins have four outfielders — Monroe, Jason Kubel, Delmon Young and Michael Cuddyer — and still plan to acquire a starting center fielder. That wouldn’t leave much room for Tyner.
I know he has enjoyed his time with the Twins, and I know they’ve been happy with his performance, so I thought there was some chance they would work out a one-year deal. But if Seth’s source — a little birdie, he called it — is correct, Tyner will become a free agent.
I don’t see that happening with the Twins five other arbitration eligible players — Cuddyer, Kubel, Justin Morneau, Juan Rincon and Matt Guerrier. Others have mentioned Rincon as a non-tender candidate. I could be wrong, but I don’t see it. The deadline is 11 p.m., tonight, but we’ve been told that the Twins should have an announcement by late afternoon.