Phillies Non-Tender Clay Condrey
The Phillies non-tendered right-hander Clay Condrey before tonight’s midnight deadline.
Ruben Amaro Jr. had a couple relatively difficult decisions on right-handers Chad Durbin and Condrey. They were not automatic because both were eligible for salary arbitration. If the Phillies had signed other free agent relief pitchers before the deadline they might have non-tendered them rather than risk going to arbitration with them.
But the Phillies did not sign any free agent relievers and still non-tendered Condrey. Based on past experiences that could mean the Phillies made a contract offer to Condrey, who didn’t agree with the salary figure. Rather than go to salary arbitration with Condrey, who made $650,000 last season, and possibly pay him more than they felt he was worth, they allowed him to become a free agent. The Phillies still have the ability to re-sign Condrey, if they desire.
The Phillies also offered contracts to their other three players eligible for salary arbitration: right-hander Joe Blanton, centerfielder Shane Victorino and catcher Carlos Ruiz. Those three and Durbin essentially have been signed to one-year contracts in 2010.