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Decisions on Humber, Johnson await

CHICAGO -- With one day remaining before the non-tender deadline, the Chicago White Sox are expected to open the door for the return of second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza, but could decline on pitcher Phil Humber and infielder Dan Johnson.

If the arbitration-eligible Humber and Johnson are non-tendered they both become free agents. Both would still be able to sign free-agent deals with the club.

"We have talked to some agents this week about what we are thinking and where these things are likely headed so it's not going to come as a shock in the end should we decide ultimately to non-tender anybody," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "But out of fairness to the player, those conversations will need to be had one-on-one before we discuss them publicly."

In Humber's case he could be looking at the end of his time with a club that gave him a chance at a solid 2011 season and a perfect game in 2012. But other than his perfecto, Humber struggled this past season posting a 5-5 record and a 6.44 ERA, ultimately losing his spot in the rotation.

Johnson spent most of last season at Triple-A Charlotte, but still made waves at the major league level when he hit three home runs in the season finale against the Cleveland Indians.

The deadline to tender deals to arbitration-eligible players is Friday at 11 p.m. CST.