This Friday is the non-tender deadline in baseball, making it one of the final league-wide transaction deadlines that could impact free agency. Teams must decide who to tender contracts to for the 2017 season by this date. This involves players who are making near the league minimum, along with arbitration eligible players. Teams could decide to non-tender anyone from those two groups, although the focus tends to be on the arbitration eligible players, since they are the most likely to be non-tendered.
The Pirates have eight players who are eligible for arbitration, and not all of them will be tendered contracts. They will try to reach deals with as many of these guys as possible before the non-tender deadline. Some of them will be tendered a contract, even if a deal isn't reached. The ...
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