The non-tender deadline is tonight, Thursday night, at midnight. Teams must decide whether to tender their arbitration eligible players contracts, or non-tender them and allow them to become free agents. This can lead to some potential trades, as one team's non-tender candidate can be another team's treasure. The Pirates shouldn't have any big surprises with their internal decisions, but don't be surprised if there's trade talk for a shortstop upgrade over Ronny Cedeno. Here is a preview of what we can expect tomorrow.
Ohlendorf is a guarantee to be tendered a contract.
The Pirates entered the off-season with nine arbitration eligible players on their roster. They reached a one year deal with Wilfredo Ledezma for $700,000, and designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche, and Delwyn Young for assignment. They ended up trading Duke to Arizona for a player to be named later (which will probably happen after the Rule 5 draft), and LaRoche and Young declared free agen...
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