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Cubs sign Corpas to one-year deal

The Cubs have agreed to a one-year Major League deal with reliever Manuel Corpas, an industry source confirmed to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding. Corpas was in Chicago on Thursday for a physical.

The 29-year-old right-hander last pitched in the Majors in 2010 with the Rockies. He underwent Tommy John surgery later that year, and the Rangers signed him to a Minor League contract in April. He pitched in the instructional league and played winter ball in Panama.

Corpas has a 12-16 record with a 3.93 ERA for his career, striking out 206 batters and walking 80 in 286 innings. He was never a strikeout artist, averaging 6.5 Ks per nine innings in five Major League seasons. But he limited his walks (2.5 per nine innings for his career) and induced ground balls at a respectable rate.

He is best known for his work during the Rockies’ run to the World Series in 2007, when he saved 19 games with a 2.08 ERA in 78 innings of work. He finished the 2007 postseason with five saves and a 0.87 ERA.

-Adam Berry

Saunders, Kuo, Scott among intriguing options non-tendered

The free-agent pool got a little deeper late Monday night, as 29 players were non-tendered.

While there weren’t many premium bats among the group of non-tenders, several intriguing players are now available to clubs on the open market.

Left-hander Joe Saunders, coming off a 12-13 season with a 3.69 ERA in 212 innings pitched for the D-backs, figures to be the most sought-after non-tender. Jo-Jo Reyes, who started 25 games with a 5.57 ERA and disappointing peripheral numbers, should also draw some interest from clubs looking for an affordable starter.

Lefty reliever Hong-Chin Kuo struggled in 2011, but teams seeking a left-hander out of the bullpen might take a chance on Kuo’s potential and previous track record.

Luke Scott would be a quality free-agent pick-up if he can regain his 2010 form, making him perhaps the most interesting non-tender among position players. He was joined by several middle infielders who could catch on in a platoon, backup or utility role, including Ryan Theriot, Jeff Keppinger and Will Rhymes.

MLBTradeRumors.com has a full list of the 29 non-tendered players, sorted by position, here.

-Adam Berry

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