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Morning Mound Visit: Kyle Schwarber headlines list of non-tendered players

A beef lord set free; linear thinking in Sabermetrics; José Iglesias is now an Angel

National League Wild Card Game 2: Miami Marlins v. Chicago Cubs Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Al Yellon | Bleed Cubbie Blue: The deadline to tender arbitration eligible players passed on Wednesday, and the biggest name on the list of players to be cut from their clubs was Kyle Schwarber. The slugger was coming off a down year, but he was only predicted to earn $9 million or so despite a 2.3 fWAR projection from Steamer. The Cubs may still bring him back, but it seems likely they’ll be outbid.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: Baseball is certainly better off with the findings of Sabermetrics, but one effect that “big data” has had on baseball is that it has led to linear thinking. However, baseball is still played by people and people are complicated. The question of whether to bunt has one answer, but an answer isn’t enough when people are concerned.

Mark Brown | Camden Chat: Amid the tenderings and non-tenderings Wednesday, the Orioles traded José Iglesias to the Angels. The glove-first shortstop was coming off a career-year at the plate. In addition, the Orioles also non-tendered Hanser Alberto.