Because Amezaga is recovering from microfracture surgery to his left knee, the Marlins felt it was too risky to tender him a contract at Saturday's midnight ET deadline. A natural middle infielder who is an above average defensive center fielder, Amezaga made $1.3 million this past year, appearing in just 27 games.
With Amezaga entering his final season of arbitration, the Marlins were looking at paying him at least what he made this past year. Florida's hope is to sign Amezaga back at a lower salary, or just above $1 million.
Chances of that happening might be diminished because the money-strapped organization isn't in position to win a bidding battling.
"Between midnight [Saturday] and 2 a.m., I didn't get off the phone," Nicotera said. "There is an understanding with the Marlins that we would get a sense of the interest level in Alfredo from other clubs."
One of the top utility players in the league, Amezaga is an attractive
option for clubs because he is a switch-hitter and he can play so many different positions at a high level.
If you watched Marlins games over the past few seasons, what you saw in virtually every game was Alfredo Amezaga having a great time and chatting it up with every person on the field with a pulse. In short, Amezaga is a joy to watch and seems to be a joy to be around. And by all accounts, Amezaga is a great clubhouse guy and a fantastic leader, which instantly makes him a valuable commodity.
Amezaga is valuable in the American League, where a healthy Amezaga would enable teams to feel confident carrying an extra pitcher because of his strong versatility. Even in the National League, Amezaga is extremely valuable in the National League as well because his versatility makes it easy for managers to make double switches and insert him into the game.
But if I'm Amezaga's agent, I have to feel confident that Amezaga will land a nice contract because so many teams are interested in his services (at least 10) and his versatility is a unique trait that can help so many teams around baseball.
Alfredo Amezaga may be just an average hitter and a guy who will never be a starter on a winning baseball team, but make no mistake about, this guy is a valuable commodity to have around for so many reasons.