Reading about the impending tender deadline tomorrow and the possibility of Karstens, Morton, and Resop not being tendered. My thoughts:
Resop - Whatever. He's filler for the bullpen as far as I'm concerned. If we lose him I'm sure we can pick up another guy with a 4 ERA for the 'pen.
Morton - I'd hate to see him non-tendered and lost to another team. Granted, he won't be back on a mound until at least June/July, but they've invested so much time working with him (nice article in the PG the other day about him, http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/pirates/pirates-morton-strives-to-jump-start-career-after-tommy-john-procedure-663688/
) on rebuilding his mechanics as well as working with him post-surgery. He showed flashes in 2011...I don't see any reason to give up on him now.
Karstens - I'll be downright upset if they don't tender him. He's at best a #3 SP, but I don't see how you'll find a better SP option (keep in mind he's had a 3.59 ERA the last 2 years with low BB ratio) for the amount he's going to get in arbitration. If the Pirates are really down on him because of his injuries the last year, then tender him and trade him. The Bucs can ill afford to lose an asset for nothing just because they don't feel he's worth what he'll get in arbitration. They lost Maholm for nothing last year and I consider that a mistake as well. Even though Karstens might not yield much in a trade, there's zero point in losing him for nothing, IMO. And, Pitching Gods don't grow on trees