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Phillies Avoid Arbitration; Sign Bastardo

The Phillies have avoided arbitration with left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo.

The Phillies signed the 27-year-old reliever to a one-year, $1.4 million contract. The deal includes bonus incentives.

Last year, Bastardo went 2-5 with a 4.33 ERA, striking out 81 batters in only 52 innings.

Phils, Pence avoid arbitration

The Phillies are going to head into the arbitration period without a thing on their mind.

Hunter Pence became the last Phillie to avoid arbitration, agreeing on a one-year, $10.4 million deal, according to Jim Salisbury.

The Phillies avoided arbitration with Kyle Kendrick, Wilson Valdez (then traded him to Cincinnati) and Cole Hamels in the past two weeks.

Pence originally wanted $11.8 million and the Phillies offered $9 million. The two parties met in the middle.

In 54 games last season, Pence hit .324 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs after he was traded from Houston for a deal centered around a handful of top prospects.

Phils, Pence in a tug-of-war; Lidge close to signing with Nats

Arbitration is one of the most frustrating parts of the off season. And the Phillies and right fielder Hunter Pence are both finding this out the hard way.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, both parties are $2.8 million off their amounts for arbitration.

Pence filed for $11.8 million while the Phillies put in for $9 million. He made $6.6 million in 2011.

This isn’t something new for Pence’s agent, who took Pence and the Houston Astros to arbitration last off season.

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Kendrick, Phils avoid arbitration

The Phillies and reliever/starter Kyle Kendrick have agreed on a one-year deal that will enable the two parties to avoid arbitration.

Kendrick was signed to a one-year deal worth $3.585.

In the Phillies press release, they had this to add:

Kendrick, 27, went 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 34 games (15 starts) for the Phillies last year.  He shuttled between the rotation and the bullpen all season while reaching career bests in ERA and games.  In 18 games against the NL East, he went 5-2 with a 2.14 ERA.

The Phillies have three remaining arbitration-eligible players: left-hander Cole Hamels, right fielder Hunter Pence and infielder Wilson Valdez.

 

Official Phillies v Rollins Post

This will be a running thread to update on the Jimmy Rollins situation.

Dec. 15

6:30 PM — Newly signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis believes his good friend Jimmy Rollins will re-sign with the Phillies.

“He was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis said of Rollins.

Willis and Rollins grew up together in Oakland.

Dec. 14

4:22 PM — Contrary to reports yesterday, the rumor that the Tigers were having negotiations with Jimmy Rollins’ agent were false and that the Tigers don’t have the money to sign Rollins.

Dec. 13

5:09 — Jimmy Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano told the Phillies there is a second team interested in Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Stark said that the Tigers are believed to be that second team.

Dece. 10

2:30 — St. Louis’ deal with Furcal could reach $14 million over two years.

Phillies are the last logical team in on Rollins.

12:26 — Ken Rosenthal reports that the St. Louis Cardinals are near a deal with short stop Rafael Furcal. If he signs there, it’s another suitor out of the race for Jimmy Rollins.

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Could Madson end up back in Philadelphia?

(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

When Ruben Amaro offered arbitration to Ryan Madson last month, he did not think Madson would still be jobless by the winter meetings.

Well that’s the case now and it could wind up hurting the Phillies.

Amaro offered arbitration because he knew he would get a nice compensation from whatever team signed him. High draft picks means good prospects and with the Phillies getting older, that’s a plus.

It’s still unlikely Madson accepts arbitration because it would lock him up for one year as the set up man for the Phillies new closer, Jonathan Papelbon, lessening his value as a closer for next off season.

But Madson could also pitch in a familiar environment for a year and become available next season when guys like Papelbon and former San Diego closer Heath Bell aren’t on the market as well.

But what if he does? It could hand cuff the Phillies in a way Amaro didn’t even think about.

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Phils offer arbitration to Madson, Rollins, Ibanez

In a move to get compensation for possibly losing three crucial free agents this off season, the Phillies offered arbitration to closer Ryan Madson, short stop Jimmy Rollins and left fielder Raul Ibanez.

All three have until December 7 to accept or decline the arbitration. If they accept, they will sign a one-year deal with the dollar amount determined through arbitration. If they decline and sign elsewhere, the Phillies will be compensated for the loss.

Both Rollins and Madson are considered elite free agents. If they sign elsewhere, the Phillies will receiver two picks: one being a sandwich pick, and the other depending on where the signing team’s first-round selection falls – if it’s a top 15 pick, the Phils get a 2nd rounder. If it’s below, the Phils get that pick. In this case, they’d hope a good team signs one of the free agents.

With the Phillies signing Jonathan Papelbon last week, it looks like the Phils will be getting compensation from Madson, who will be seeking a nice pay day elsewhere.

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