The non-tender deadline is Monday night at 11:59 pm ET. Most players eligible to be tender contracts will be, but there are always a few who end up on the outside looking in. What follows is a list of some the more interesting names on the bubble this year.
Darwin Barney is a notable name on this list. He won the National League Gold Glove at second base in 2012, committing only two errors all season. Despite his defensive exploits, he has struggled to provide positive value on the field due to his light bat. For his career, he has hit just .246/.293/.336. If the Cubs choose to tender him a contract, they will be paying him like a starter when his production is better suited to a bench role. If he is let go, he probably won't have any trouble finding work as a backup.
Drew Stubbs is another interesting name here, and for all the same reasons as Barney. Stubbs has an excellent glove in center field and he runs the bases very well (he stole 30 or more bases three straight seasons with the Reds), but he has never developed the kind of light-tower power that made him such an intriguing prospect. Now 29 and with Cleveland, he still strikes out too much and cannot hit right-handed pitching. Now the Indians have added Ryan Raburn and David Murphy, so there may not be room on the roster for Stubbs. He could make for a useful fourth outfielder for some other team though, as his ability to handle left-handed pitching (he has a career .796 OPS against southpaws) and his aforementioned skills with the glove and on the bases should keep him employed.
Woe, the tale of Daniel Hudson. Hudson dominated for the Diamondbacks as soon as he came to Phoenix in exchange for Edwin Jackson in July of 2010. He was fantastic in 2011 as well, pitching 222 innings with a 3.49 ERA. Unfortunately, he tore his UCL in July of 2012 and underwent Tommy John surgery. He looked to be on his way back to the big leagues in 2013, but he tore the same ligament in a rehab start and needed surgery once again. The success rate for pitchers coming off of two Tommy John surgeries is not great, so the Diamondbacks may see fit to cut ties with the erstwhile ace rather than give him a raise.
The deadline for non-tenders is Monday night at 11:59 pm ET, so stick with SBN/MLB for updates as they come in.