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MLB Non-Tender Candidates

MLB Non-Tender Candidates

Tonight at midnight is the deadline for teams to tender offers to their arbitration eligible players for the 2012 season. Earlier today I previewed the arbitration eligibles for the Pittsburgh Pirates, including their expected values through arbitration. MLB Trade Rumors has published a list of non-tender candidates around baseball, which is an interesting list to take a look at, since those players could provide interesting free agent options if they are non-tendered.

There isn't much on the hitting side that would be a fit for the Pirates. The team is looking for a first baseman, but they'd be better off sticking with Matt Hague than going with a guy like James Loney or Daric Barton. I like Loney, and have pointed out in the past that his numbers outside of Dodger Stadium would make for a pretty good first baseman. Adding him wouldn't be a bad deal, but long term the Pirates could benefit from giving Matt Hague a chance. If Hague has a good season, they've got him for five more ye...

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