The Rangers are expected to tender contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players before Monday's 10:59 p.m. CT deadline. Players who are not tendered contracts before that deadline will become free agents.

The main reason clubs might non-tender players is because they are eligible for arbitration and due for a raise higher than a team is willing to pay. The Rangers have five players eligible, and all five are in their plans for the off-season: first baseman Mitch Moreland, outfielder Craig Gentry, and pitchers Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando and Neal Cotts.

A trade is always a possibility, especially with Moreland, who lost his job at first base after the Rangers acquired Prince Fielder from the Tigers. The Rays, Pirates and Brewers are all looking for a first baseman. But Moreland is currently the leading candidate to be Texas' designated hitter, and the Rangers aren't going to discard him as a non-tender even though he'll likely get a raise from $502,000 to $2.5-3 million in 2014.

The Rangers still need to do some roster pruning at some point this winter. They currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster after claiming outfielder Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Rockies on Wednesday. That leaves one roster spot open for a club that is looking for at least one more outfielder and one backup catcher going into the Winter Meetings, which start Dec. 8 in San Diego.

The Rangers had 10 players eligible for free agency going into the offseason, but re-signed catcher Geovany Soto and pitcher Jason Frasor. They activated pitcher Matt Harrison off the 60-day disabled list, claimed Ortega and pitchers Chaz Roe and Shawn Tolleson off waivers, and added infielder Luis Sardinas and pitchers Lisalverto Bonilla and Ben Rowen from the Minor Leagues to the 40-man roster.

Roe, who was claimed from the D-backs, is one of three players on the 40-man roster who are out of options. The others are outfielder Engel Beltre and pitcher Michael Kirkman. They have to make the Opening Day roster in Spring Training or be put through outright waivers before they can be sent to the Minors.

Beltre was 10-for-40 (.250) in limited time with the Rangers this past season while hitting .292 with seven home runs, 34 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 94 games at Triple-A Round Rock. Beltre, Gentry and Jim Adduci are the three candidates to play left field for the Rangers in the highly unlikely event they do not acquire a proven Major League outfielder.