If Jose Lopez is non-tendered a 2011 contract as expected tomorrow, the Seattle Mariners infielder won't be alone.
On the non-tender date each off-season, baseball's list of free agents grows by a few dozen players, and there are always both surprises and teams waiting for them.
All 30 teams have players to make decisions on. In Minnesota, the Twins are said to be considering non-tendering shortstop J.J. Hardy. The White Sox seem likely to non-tender their closer, Bobby Jenks. The Dodgers are trying to re-sign catcher Russell Martin, but if they can't they may non-tender him and left-handed reliever George Sherrill.
There are other names, not quite as familiar: San Diego's Tony Gwynn Jr., Tampa's Dioner Navarro and Willy Aybar, Kansas City's Kyle Davies, Oakland's Kevin Kouzmanoff and Jack Cust.
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The Mariners have so far not gotten too involved in free agent players, taking a pass on Miguel Tejada, who signed with San Francisco, and the agents for hitters like Adam Dunn, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and others say Seattle isn't a player in those particular sweepstakes.
The non-tender list might well be general manager Jack Zduriencik's low-key shopping list, and he's still pursuing any trade possibility for Lopez. That includes trying to move him for someone another team plans to non-tender.
If the Mariners simply move Chone Figgins to third base and Dustin Ackley to second base, their infield will be set - including Justin Smoak at first base and Jack Wilson at shortstop, at least until Wilson is hurt.
The outfield has Gold Glove winners Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez, and will at least look at Michael Saunders, Greg Halman and Mike Wilson as potential left fielders.
Adam Moore is the catcher. If the season began today, Milton Bradley would be the designated hitter.
Given all that, and a budget that won't grow from 2010, Zduriencik is far more likely to take a utility player here, a possible platoon player there, than make a major signing or huge trade. For that, you can guarantee he'll be watching the list of non-tendered players tomorrow night.