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Pirates Mull Arbitration Decisions For Garrett Jones, Others

The Pirates must decide on Monday whether to tender contracts to Garrett Jones and several other players.

The Pirates have until the end of the day Monday to decide whether to offer arbitration to the following players: first baseman / outfielder Garrett Jones, starting pitchers Charlie Morton and Jeff Karstens, and relievers Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, Jose Veras and Jason Grilli. If any of these eight are not tendered contracts, they will become free agents.

Of those, there is little threat of Morton, Karstens or Hanrahan being non-tendered. Meek is probably safe, too. Jones should be tendered, but the Pirates have made noises about dropping him, despite the fact that he'll only cost the Pirates a couple million dollars in arbitration and the Bucs currently have no one else to man first base. Even if they're fairly sure they can eventually find a first baseman, Jones would be a strong bench option.

Resop, Veras and Grilli are all reasonably talented relievers, and none should be particularly expensive if the Pirates tender them, but it remains to see how they would fit into a crowded Pirates bullpen. Of the three, Resop is probably the best bet to be tendered.

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