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Non-Tender Dumpster Diving

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The link above goes to Mlbtraderumor's non-tender tracker. I see some interesting names among those available: Jack Cust: Adam Dunn lite, OBP, Power, Atrocious fielding. I think we should snap him up as a backup to Soriano and possibly as a platoon mate/backup to whatever FA 1B we pickup. Bobby Jenks-: The bloom is certainly off the rose with Mr. Jenks, but he is a reliever with a previously good track record prior to conditioning issues and a ballooning salary made him unpalatable to the White Sox. For the right price he could be worth a try. We may as well try for high-ceiling players. Hideki Okajima: Another reliever whose decling performance and increasing salary made him a non-tender candidate. I expect the Red Sox to try and resign him to a more team friendly deal than what he would've had in arbitration. He has had very good years, and could be worth a look for the right price. I don't see many other interesting names that would be non-tendered. The deadline was last night, but I expect news is still filtering out on some. Luke Scott could be another cheap 1B/Corner Outfielder option, but I expect that the Cubs would have to trade for him. Alex Gordon is a player sure to be tendered, but I think he would be worth pursuing, perhaps in tandem with Zach Greinke. We've seen what a brutal season can happen if A-Ram goes down for a long time. I am not really satified with a Baker/DeWitt platoon's offensive contribution at 2B, let alone 3B. The Cubs still lack a viable backup for A-Ram, and this needs fixed sooner or later.

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