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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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Phils tender their four arbitration-eligible players

The Phillies tendered their four arbitration eligible players at midnight on Tuesday.

Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence, Kyle Kendrick and Wilson Valdez will all have contracts for the 2012 season because all four are arbitration eligible.

Many believe that Hamels will have a nice fat contract extension before the start of next season. Pence could find himself in a Phillies uniform a long time too.

As for the two bench players, both Kendrick and Valdez were incredible cogs in the Phillies success last season. Kendrick started and relieved, doing more than enough in both roles while Valdez played a huge part in spelling the injuries to Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Placido Polanco.

ORIGINAL: According to sources close to Kevin Kee of the Philly Phans, the Phillies have tendered pitcher Kyle Kendrick.

Yes, Kee is not Jim Salisbury but his sources are very credible. We’ll have more on TTB later.

No Surprise: Werth Offered Arbitration

The Phillies figured they will get something out of Jayson Werth this off season. With it highly unlikely they will sign the free agent right fielder, the Phils offered arbitration in hopes of getting something for him.

Werth is a Type A free agent which means the Phils will get the top pick and another of the team who signs Werth.

In other arbitration news, Chad Durbin was not offered arbitration. As Todd Zolecki said in his post, it was a move similar to what the Phils did in 2008 with Jamie Moyer. They are afraid Durbin will demand more money and with the good season he had in 2010, he could get a raise. They’ll take their chances in signing him as  free agent instead.

Ruiz Last Starter to Sign

The Phillies locked up their catcher for the next three years as Carlos Ruiz and Phils agree to a three-year, $9 million deal pending a physical. The 31-year old became the third player to avoid arbitration after Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton were both signed to three-year deals. Chooch hit .255 with nine home runs and 43 RBI’s in 2009 in 107 games. He had an amazing post season where he batted .341 with two homers and nine RBI’s in 15 playoff games.

UPDATE: Todd Zolecki confirmed that Ruiz’s deal is worth $8.85 million for three years with an option for a fourth year at $5 million.

The next question the Phillies need to answer is what to do with Jayson Werth. Going into the 2010 with a $140 million payroll could force the Phillies to either look to make some trades to free up money, give Werth a lucrative contract and operate on a much higher payroll or perhaps go with Domonic Brown in right.

“We cannot operate with nothing but $15- to $20-million players,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said at Friday’s news conference announcing the Victorino signing at Citizens Bank Park. “And if there’s any indication how much the [Matt] Holliday and [Jason] Bay signings have on direct impact on where Werth may be at the end of this year, we’re going to have to sift through it and figure out what’s best for the organization, not just for the next couple years, but also long term.”

Phils Hope to Avoid Arbitration with Three Players

The Phillies have exchanged arbitration figures with three players these past days, hoping that the two sides can agree before going to arbitration starting in February. The three players are Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz, and Joe Blanton.

The Phillies can very well reach an agreement with Victorino with a multi-year deal. Victorino wants $5.8 million and the Phillies are offering $4.75 million. From the Hot Stove:

Sources indicated to the Web site that the Phillies are discussing a multiyear deal with their 29-year-old center fielder. The potential contract would be for at least two years, which would take Victorino through the remainder of his arbitration years. wrote: “If the Phils reach a deal with Victorino, it could come down this week.”

Ruiz wants $2.5 million and the Phillies are offering $1.7 million. Now Blanton and the Phillies are nowhere near coming to an agreement as they are differing in almost $3 million dollars. Blanton wants $10.25 million, which would mean he would be getting more money than Roy Halladay in 2010. The Phillies offered with a very realistic number of $7.5 million.

I see Victorino and Phillies agreeing to a multi-year deal, Ruiz either winning arbitration or coming to an agreement, and Blanton losing arbitration.