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Bautista a non-tender candidate

Bautista a non-tender candidate

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LAS VEGAS -- Pittsburgh management has still not made a determination to whether or not they plan to offer a contract to right-handed reliever Denny Bautista before the midnight ET deadline on Friday for teams to tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players.

Bautista is the only one of the team's eight arbitration-eligible players whose status is in question. The Pirates' management team has had internal debates this week about whether or not to keep Bautista, though no resolution has yet been made.

The Pirates acquired Bautista late last June in a minor trade with the Tigers, and the control problems that Bautista had in Detroit and other previous stops resurfaced again with the Pirates. He allowed 28 earned runs and 28 walks in 41 1/3 innings of relief for Pittsburgh. He struck out 34.

Bautista earned $395,000 in 2008, just over the Major League minimum. He would be in line for a significant pay raise should he go through the arbitration process with the Pirates.

The Pirates will tender contracts to their seven arbitration-eligible players -- Ryan Doumit, Zach Duke, John Grabow, Adam LaRoche, Paul Maholm, Nate McLouth and Tyler Yates. Of that group, Doumit, Duke, Maholm and McLouth are all arbitration eligible for the first time.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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