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Love Me Tender: Another Decision Deadline Looms

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By Tuesday morning, though possibly before, we'll know to which arbitration eligible players the Duquette-led front office has tendered contracts. Since Wille Eyre was DFA'd in order to make room for Dana Eveland, we are left with...

1) Luke Scott

Tendering Luke Scott has been an issue of some discussion this offseason. Andrew_G recapped the arguments for and against tendering Scott, but subsequent to the posting of Andrew's article, Scott expressed an interest in returning to Baltimore, even if non-tendered. Scott has posted a 6.0 fWAR in 3+ seasons (which amount to about 3 full seasons worth of PAs). When healthy, Scott seems to have a swing tailored for OPACY, given his proclivity for swatting Eutaw Street home runs. 2011 salary: $6,400,000; projected 2012 salary: $6,000,000

2) Brad Bergesen

Having witnessed his debut, I'll always have a soft spot for Bergy, but since his injury-shortened rookie campaign, Bergesen has not seen a lot of success at the major league level (Bergesen was worth 2.4 wins in 2009 and has been worth .9 since). Bergesen was awarded Super Two status (meaning he's eligible for arbitration with less than three years of major league service time) and if tendered, will receive a healthy bump in salary over the league minimum. Perversely, this seems to work against him. For an unheralded minor leaguer that vaulted to the majors over much higher rated peers, Bergesen's had a decent run. 2011 salary: $434,000; projected 2012 salary: $1,400,000

3) Jo-Jo Reyes

Perhaps best known for going 28 starts without winning a game, Reyes did little to distinguish himself in the opportunities provided him in Baltimore. He is left handed, but that seems to be all he has going for him. 2011 salary: $439,100; projected 2012 salary: $1,500,000

It is probably a foregone conclusion that Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Jones, Jim Johnson and Robert Andino will be tendered contracts.

(2011 salary data from Baseball-Reference, 2012 projections from MLB Trade Rumors)