Tonight (Monday night) at midnight is the deadline to tender contracts for the 2014 season. Any player who does not have a contract -- arbitration eligible players and players with 1-3 years of service time -- must be tendered an offer by the deadline, or be non-tendered. If a player is non-tendered, he immediately becomes a free agent.

The tender deadline isn't a big deal for guys making the league minimum. Those guys are usually automatic tenders. The focus is more on the arbitration eligible players, as those are the guys who are at the biggest risk of being non-tendered. I don't project Andy Oliver or Jerry Sands to stick on the 40-man throughout the off-season, although neither player is arbitration eligible. If the Pirates non-tender them, they become free agents. If the Pirates w...

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