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Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: Non Tender Deadline is here

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Non tender deadline is 8PM ET tonight. The Rays will get busy looking for SPs and catchers. Also, Bitsko update, and the minor league makeover continues.

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The non-tender deadline is upon us. Teams must decide whether to tender contracts to players with less than six years of big league service time by 8 p.m. ET today.

Marc Carig and Andy McCullough write about a free agent pool that is going to get significantly bigger.

John Romano on how the Rays search for a catcher is going to get a lot more intense soon.

Mark Feinsand says the Rays are interested in SPs...along with half the other teams in the league.

Marc Topkin with a status update on Nick Bitsko.

In a sign of the times, Eddie Rosario of the Twins was placed on outright waivers.

Trevor May signs a two year deal with the Mets.

MLB continues its overhaul of the minor leagues with two moves: the creation of a new wood bat league for draft eligible players, and reassigning the Pioneer League as an unaffiliated “league partner.”

In other minor league news, the city of Fresno and the AAA Fresno Grizzlies continue to fight demotion to A ball.

Marlins DFA Jose Urena.

The Royals sign Mike Minor to a two year deal and Michael Taylor to a one year deal.