Henderson Álvarez's three year stint with the Miami Marlins has come to an inglorious end, as the club declined to tender Álvarez a contract prior to the midnight deadline for arbitration eligible players.
Potentially great arm out there to be had: Marlins have non-tendered Henderson Alvarez, source tells Yahoo Sports.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2015
Álvarez initially came over to Marlins from the Blue Jays in the 2012 off-season as a part of the now infamous 12 player trade that many rightfully saw as a fire sale. Álvarez was impressive in his inaugural season with the Marlins, pitching over a hundred innings and posting 1.8 WAR, but it was the last day of the season where he did something truly special. In one of the more unique no-hitters ever, Álvarez ended up celebrating not from the diamond but from the on deck circle as a passed ball allowed Giancarlo Stanton to gallop home from third.
2014 saw Álvarez reach even greater heights with the team, starting 30 games, pitching 187 innings and posting a solid 3.58 FIP with 2.1 WAR. In light of José Fernández's Tommy John surgery and subsequent recovery, it was a no-brainer that Álvarez would assume the mantle of "#1 Starter" and was slotted in as the Opening Day starter for 2015. It did not go well, nor did anything else for Álvarez in 2015 as he ultimately was shut down for the season with ongoing shoulder trouble.
This was not the first time he'd had issues with his right shoulder, and as Michael pointed out earlier in the year, it was an injury that carried with it a substantial risk for the ball-club. Apparently the Marlins brass felt that tendering him the almost $4 million he was projected to receive via salary arbitration was too much to swallow, and despite their needs in the rotation, decided to cut bait.
Although Álvarez could be out as long as July, he will undoubtedly become one of the more sought after reclamation projects by other teams. All we can do is wish him best of luck, and say thanks for the memories.
Oh, also Aaron Crow was non-tendered, but he does not appear healthy enough to pitch in 2016 after Tommy John surgery.