Dan Duquette has been up front about the team tendering contracts to all existing 40 man roster players, including Steve Pearce, Nolan Reimold, and Troy Patton. From a fan perspective, the more interesting aspect of the 5 pm deadline is who will be non-tendered by other teams.
The most interesting person to me is Seth Smith, since he could fit the LF/DH lefty role, possibly platooning with Reimold or another right handed hitter. With the Winter Meetings next week, this should be the last big run of news through Christmas. With no actual baseball around, the Winter Meetings are a bright spot during the long winter.