It is getting to the time in the offseason where a few teams are making surprising decisions when it comes to tendering their given players a contract. Every year, teams make the mistake of letting someone go too early or hanging onto a guy for a year too long.
It's a touchy situation, and the only way to come out on top is to trust in your team's talent evaluators.
When you go to the scrap heap of free agency, what you're going to see won't usually be all that attractive. The situation is all about spinning some dirty, dirty straw into gold. Well—maybe not gold, but potentially bronze or some other hard precious metal.
Even with professional scouts and analysts, mistakes are made. Some of these players recently non-tendered by their previous teams could always be savvy transactions to add depth to the 2012 Chicago Cubs team and potentially a player to build around.
And then there are a few players whom the Cubs should avoid at all costs.