I've been looking over the list of players who were nontendered yesterday and there are some more interesting names out there now -- as some have already pointed out here. I think right-handed closer Matt Capps, who was nontendered by the Pirates, is an interesting possibility. The guy was terrific the previous two seasons and would have had solid numbers this year if not for the three outings in which he gave up three runs or more. Throw those out and his ERA would have been in the 3's.

The dramatically higher hits/innings ratio is the real red flag, but I don't think the other numbers are quite as bad as they might look. The big question is how much he was affected by the line drive he took off his elbow early in the season.

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The other nontender guys I find interesting are Ryan Garko and backup catcher John Buck. I think everybody already knew that Garrett Atkins would not be tendered. His name has been floating around for awhile now in connection with the Orioles' opening at third base.

Don't think I'd get too excited about pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, though he's technically available after the Yankees nontendered him. The Yankees say they want him back, and they usually get what they want.

Wang had a series of problems last sasonthat stemmed from a foot injury he suffered running the bases in an interleague game. He's not expected to be ready for spring training. Obviously, if he does leave the Yankees, he's an intriguing guy.

Peter Schmuck

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