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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

December 12, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Mariners non-tender Ryan Langerhans

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Outfielder Ryan Langerhans, who won two games last year with walk-off home runs (including the one he celebrates above against Oakland), is a free agent after the Mariners declined to tender him a 2010 contract by tonight’s deadline.

Langerhans was the Mariners’ only “non-tender.” He can negotiate with all 30 teams, including the Mariners.

The Mariners, as expected, tendered contracts to their other arbitration-eligible players: Felix Hernandez , David Aardsma, Franklin Gutierrez and Mark Lowe. Those four were all easy decisions. They will either reach contract agreement with the Mariners or have their salary determined through arbitration.

Langerhans makes in the half-million range, so this is not necessarily a financial decision. Langerhans, 29, appeared in 38 games last year, batting .235 with six doubles, three homers and 10 RBI. Two of those homers were game-winners — Aug. 7 vs. Tampa Bay and Aug. 25 vs. Oakland. He was acquired on June 28 in a trade with the Washington Nationals for Mike Morse.

The Mariners’ 40-man roster is now at 38.

There are a lot of interesting names around baseball on the non-tender list, providing a second group of free agents for teams to ponder. Among the players now available: Jack Cust, Garret Atkins, Chien-Ming Wang, Seth McClung and Jeremy Reed.

(Photo by Associated Press)

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