OAKLAND -- The A's announced Tuesday that they will not tender a contract for the 2006 season to utilityman Hiram Bocachica, who now becomes a free agent.
The deadline for non-tendering was Tuesday at 9 p.m. PT, and Bocachica was one of 28 players on which the club had to make a decision, but the deadline is most significant for the players who are eligible for arbitration. In Oakland's case, that means righty relievers Kiko Calero and Juan Cruz, outfielders Bobby Kielty and Milton Bradley, infielder Mark Ellis and catcher Adam Melhuse. Bocachica also was eligible for arbitration.
With the exception of Bocachica, the A's will tender one-year contracts to the aforementioned, meaning they'll go to arbitration with those players unless a deal can be reached before the hearings are expected to begin in February.
Also to be tendered 2006 contracts will be pitchers Joe Blanton, Justin Duchscherer, Huston Street, Kirk Saarloos, Jairo Garcia, Ron Flores, Chad Gaudin, Chris Mabeus, Dan Meyer, John Rheinecker and Shane Komine; catcher Jeremy Brown; outfielders Nick Swisher, Freddie Bynum, Javier Herrera, Charles Thomas and Matt Watson; and infielders Dan Johnson, Marco Scutaro, Antonio Perez and Mike Rouse.
Bocachica, 29, was a non-roster invitee with the A's during Spring Training 2005 but missed most of the season after suffering a broken right wrist toward the end of spring when he was hit by a pitch. He was called up to Oakland on Sept. 12 and batted .105 (2-for-19) in nine games.
Mychael Urban is a
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