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Mariners non-tender Tim Beckham and Domingo Santana, making them free agents

The Mariners culled their roster of two players that showed early promise in 2019 and became expendable by the end of the season.

On Monday, the deadline to tender major-league contracts for club-controlled players on the 40-man roster, the Mariners declined to offer contracts to infielder Tim Beckham and outfielder Domingo Santana, both of whom were arbitration eligible.

The decision to “non-tender” Beckham was a given, because he’s serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs last season. Realistically, Beckham was a non-tender candidate before the positive test. He was going to make close to $3 million per arbitration projections, which is far too much for a player that is a defensive liability at most positions and a replacement-level hitter.