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Tyson Ross and Alexi Amarista among Padres who were non-tendered

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The Padres waited until the very last minute to drop some news and players today. They’ve non-tendered six and now have 33 players on their 44 man roster. Among those were two popular Padres you’ll surely know. They are last season’s opening day starter Tyson Ross and Alexi Amarista the longest tenured Padre. Fortunately I never allowed myself to get attached to either.

Both Ross and Amarista were in their final season of arbitration eligibility and the Padres chose to let them both become free agents rather than letting an arbitrator decide a fair salary, which the Padres presumably thought would been too high and somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million. Other teams may be interested in taking the risk on Ross’ recovery. But the Padres weren’t willing at that price, after Ross had an operation for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome which kept him off the mound since Opening Day.

The Padres have carried injured pitchers frequently in recent years and have rarely received any return on their investment. A more wealthy team will be able to take that risk.