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Rays non-tender Guillermo Heredia despite good defense

By Seth Carter
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 21: Guillermo Heredia #54 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates scoring during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 21, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 21: Guillermo Heredia #54 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates scoring during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 21, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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Guillermo Heredia was non-tendered by the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Guillermo Heredia was non-tendered by the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Rays did not tender a contract to OF Guillermo Heredia in by Monday night’s deadline. He is now a free agent.

Guillermo Heredia is entering his age-29 season. 2020 will be he fifth season in the Major Leagues. His career slash line is .240/.317/.342. He is best known for his glove in the corner outfield positions. Over the course of 1102.2 innings played LF/RF he has tallied a total of 15 defensive runs saved.

To give you a better idea of how good he’s been in LF (career numbers) in just 195.1 innings, Heredia has a rDRS/year of 55. In case you are not familiar with rDRS/year, it is the player’s defensive runs saved above a replacement-level player, averaged over 1200 innings, or approximately one year. Fifty-five is a really high. However, he didn’t fare quite so well in CF.

He hit .225 with 5 HR, 31 R, 20 RBI, 2 SB, and a WAR of .3 in just 204 ABs with the Rays in 2019. The Rays had previously DFA’d Jesus Aguilar and Matt Duffy, both of whom were arbitration eligible.

Players who did receive contract offers were Tyler Glasnow, Chaz Roe, Oliver Drake, Tommy Pham, and Daniel Robertson.

Questions surrounded Daniel Robertson, Chaz Roe, and Heredia, as far as who would be non-tendered. Those questions were answered on Monday evening.

The Rays are still in need of right-handed bats this offseason. They lost Avisail Garcia and Travis d’Arnaud (signed with Braves) to free agency and they DFA’d Jesus Aguilar and Matt Duffy. Now they have non-tendered Heredia – who made his impact defensively – but it shines a spotlight on the glaring need for a right-handed hitter.

Ultimately, the Rays decided Guillermo’s glove was not worth the projected $1.1MM he was set to earn in arbitration. Guillermo should land on another team thanks to his defensive prowess in both corner outfield positions.

Next. Dumpster diving the scrap-heap of free agency for a bat. dark

We wish Guillermo Heredia the best of luck!

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