Monday brought the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, and the Oakland A’s chose to non-tender three names: relievers Blake Treinen and Ryan Buchter, and catcher Josh Phegley. All three now become free agents.
The A’s entered the day with 12 arbitration-eligible players, who were under team control but didn’t yet have contracts for 2020. They traded one of them before the deadline, as second baseman Jurickson Profar moved to the Padres. They agreed to a contract with another in reliever T.J. McFarland, avoiding arbitration entirely with the lefty. Of the remaining 10, seven more were tendered contracts, though their salaries are yet to be determined, either via an agreement like McFarland’s or (rarely) a hearing in front of a third-party arbiter.