I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Hunter Pence shared a small piece of his Thanksgiving pie via his Twitter feed:
Here is a VIDEO of Hunter with his family on Thanksgiving :O)
And just yesterday, Shane Victorino also took to Twitter to share his son Kingston’s birthday celebration with the world. And no, I did not Photoshop this picture. That really is Shane and Melissa Victorino dressed as clowns to entertain their kids.
Shane and Melissa are wonderful people and seriously super parents. How lucky are those kids?
So while their teammates were having great times with their families, 3 other Phillies players / free agents had some food for thought along with their turkey. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Madson and Raul Ibanez were all offered arbitration before the holiday weekend.
The offers put the Phillies in a position to receive compensatory draft picks for each player who declines. However, it also puts them in the position to get slightly screwed if any of them actually accepts. Rollins will likely decline as arbitration only gives the accepting player a one year deal and a salary determined by a hearing.
However, if Madson does not get an offer to his liking, arbitration may be an easy way to big one-year pay check for him. Then again, it also positions him as the set-up man for Jonathan Papelbon, making his dreams of a huge closer contract the following season unlikely. Madson will likely decline.
The really weird one here is Ibanez. There are not too many teams, if any, in the market for an almost 40-year old left fielder with declining stats. Ibanez made $12 million last year and in a hearing, that would be taken into account. Even if he got half that amount, it is still way too much to be playing a platoon guy. With the odds of no one else signing him being pretty high, Ibanez might accept and that would be trouble for the Phillies payroll. I cannot imagine what the Phillies are thinking here.
Each player has until December 7, 2011 to decide. So continue digesting your holiday weekend feast. You have just over a week before you may feel the need to be ill. Let us hope not though :O)
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