According to an MLBPA press release this afternoon, with the end of the 2014 campaign 121 players became free agents today with another 32 players potentially eligible for free agency pending a resolution of options included in their respective contracts.
Included on the list of 121 free agents were three Washington Nationals: Asdrubal Cabrera, Scott Hairston and Nate Schierholtz.
A list of the 121 players who became free agents at 9 am ET today. They may negotiate with any club as of Nov. 4 http://t.co/rwpP5oa6Ys— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) October 30, 2014
MLB teams have five days to agree to deals with any of their own free agents before the players can begin to negotiate with other teams at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, November 4th.
The Nationals have to make decisions on three players with options. Center fielder and leadoff man Denard Span has a $9M club option for the 2015 campaign or a $500K buyout.
There was a $15M mutual option (or a $2M buyout) included in the 2-year/$24M deal first baseman Adam LaRoche signed in January of 2013.
Rafael Soriano's 2-year/$28M deal with the Nationals included a club option for 2015 worth $14M.
Span talked MLB.com's Bill Ladson about his $9M option for 2015 last week and said that he, "...would be surprised if it wasn't picked up," after a strong 2014 campaign which saw the 30-year-old outfielder put up a .302/.355/.416 line with 39 doubles, eight triples, five home runs and 31 stolen bases in 147 games and 668 plate appearances over which he was worth +3.8 fWAR.
In his fourth season with Washington, LaRoche put up a .259/.362/.455 line with 19 doubles and 26 HRs in 140 games and 586 PAs, finishing the year at +1.6 fWAR.
After putting up a 0.97 ERA, a 2.43 FIP and a .153/.222/.226 line against in 37 IP in the first half of his second season in D.C., Rafael Soriano struggled in the second half of the 2014 campaign and eventually lost his job as the Nats' closer, putting up a 6.48 ERA, 4.05 FIP and a .299/.359/.505 line against in 25 IP after the All-Star Break.
Speculation in the nation's capital is that Denard Span will be the only one of the three players with options who will be back in 2015.
Asdrubal Cabrera expressed an interest in returning to the nation's capital for the 2015 campaign after he was acquired from Cleveland at the non-waiver deadline in July.
Any chance of LaRoche, Soriano, Schierholtz or Hairston returning next season?
With the World Series now over, the Nationals are on the clock with some big decisions to make...