Phils Agree with Frandsen, Tender Four Others

John Mayberry Jr.The Phillies offered no true surprises before todays’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline to offer contracts to their players eligible for salary arbitration.

They avoided arbitration with infielder Kevin Frandsen, agreeing to a one-year, $900,00 contract, which includes performance bonuses. They also tendered contracts to right-hander Kyle Kendrick, center fielder Ben Revere, left-hander Antonio Bastardo and outfielder John Mayberry Jr.

They were the organization’s only five players eligible for arbitration.

There had been no doubt the Phillies would tender contracts to Kendrick, Revere and Bastardo. The Phillies need Kendrick to fill out the rotation, Revere to play center field and hit atop the lineup and Bastardo to help a beleaguered bullpen.

Frandsen could have been non-tendered had the Phillies felt they were too far apart in contract negotiations. They have infielders like Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez and Reig Brignac to compete for bench jobs in Spring Training.

Mayberry has had an up-and-down time with the Phillies, but he still holds value as a right-handed hitter with power who can play all three outfield positions and first base.

3 Comments

Could have let Bastardo go…he’s been useless!

lots of bullpen pieces out there on the non tendered list for the picking. Would like to see the Phillies grab a couple as set up guys. Also, RAJ just proved, again, he has no idea how to get younger and give kids a chance. Should have let Fransen walk and used Hernendez as back up 2B.

The Mayberry tender has me scratching my head. His RAR and WAR during the last two seasons are negative numbers.

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