Tagged: Arbitration

Holiday Weekend Phillies Happenings

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  Hunter Pence shared a small piece of his Thanksgiving pie via his Twitter feed:

@HunterPence3: Happy Thanksgiving everyone…..Let’s Go Eat! 🙂
Nov 24 via Twitter for BlackBerry®

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.

@ShaneVictorino: #Grateful today celebrating Kingston’s bday in Hawaii http://t.co/Mol3e968
Nov 26 via Camera on iOS

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)


“LIKE” us on Facebook for more updates & photos!

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the MTR Media network*


Phillies Avoid Arbitration in 2011 by Signing Kendrick

The Phillies locked up their final arbitration eligible player today by signing pitcher Kyle Kendrick to a one-year, $2.45 million dollar deal.  Ben Francisco signed this past Saturday as well.  His contract is also for one-year and totals $1.175 million.

KendrickKK.jpgTo start the year, Kendrick will wind up in one of two places.  If Joe Blanton is traded, Kendrick will be the favorite to win the fifth starters spot.  If Blanton stays, Kendrick can take over the long-man job in the bullpen vacated by the still unsigned Chad Durbin.

The nice part about avoiding arbitration for the Phillies is having less drama going into Spring Training.  This is especially true for Kendrick who, in years past of travelling back and forth to the minors, seemed constantly conflicted about his role with the team.

The only thing Kendrick has to worry about now is pitching.  This kind of focus, without the unnecessary distraction of a hearing, is exactly what Kendrick needs to be successful.

It has been a busy offseason for Kendrick.  He got married to Stephanie LaGrossa, bringing the second Survivor contestant into the Phillies family.  Heidi Hamels is the other former Survivor.   And now, Kendrick can add “millionaire” to his resume.

But the best part of his new-found stability is that Kendrick will probably not fall for any more “you have been traded to Japan” pranks. 


Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the My Team Rivals network*


The Chooch Train Rolls For 3 More Years

Avoiding arbitration totally for the second year in a row, the Phillies signed Carlos Ruiz, their final arbitration eligible player.  Chooch will be manning the back-stop for at least three more years with a contract worth 8.85 million, plus a 5 million dollar option for a 4th year.  Ruiz has been the little engine who could at the end of this Phillies line-up for some time now.  Keeping him on board with the rest of the crew through 2012 adds even more stability to the team.175 ruiz.jpg

Earlier this week, the Phillies also signed veteran right-hander Jose Contreras to a deal worth about 1 million for one year.  The deal is pending a physical, of course.  A starter most of his career, the 39-year old Contreras has a lifetime 4.61 ERA which includes time spent with Colorado last year and the White Sox and Yankees before that.  He won the World Series in 2005 with the Sox.  Another fun tidbit; Contreras will join pitcher Danys Baez as the second Cuban defector to be acquired by the Phillies this offseason.

All the signings this month mean that 7 of our 8 starting position players are now signed at least through 2011.  The lone wolf in the bunch is right fielder, Jayson Werth who is signed only through this coming season.  It is thought that, unless he gets hurt or has a very bad year, the Phillies will be unable to afford Werth after 2010.  While Jayson is certainly Werth-Y of big bucks, there are just too many youngsters, like highly-touted prospect Dominic Brown, waiting in the wings to justify the additional expense.  Rumor has it that Werth may command a salary near 16 million a year.  The Phils budget simply will not be able to hold him.

Anything can happen, of course.  That is, anything except for the Phillies budget jumping to Yankee-like numbers.  That being said, Werth being with us long-term does not look very likely.  Well, we will just have to worry about that next year…

Photo by Jenn


*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the My Team Rivals network*


Two Big Signings; One Left To Go

Good things come in three’s for two Phillies players this week; both Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton have been signed for three years each, keeping them in the red pinstripes until the end of the 2012 season.  2 PHOTOS (26).jpgThe only other arbitration eligible player not yet signed to a deal is catcher Carlos Ruiz.  With the quick progress on the first two, Ruiz may not be far behind.

Victorino had asked for 5.8 million a year prior to this deal.  What he wound up getting amounts to an average of over 7 million a year; the total contract amount is 22 million.  Obviously, the Phillies were committed to keeping the Flyin’ Hawaiian for some time to have gone well over his offer.  Shane told many of us on the Phillies Cruise that he was extremely nervous during trade talks in July of last year where his name kept popping up.  He wanted very badly to stay in Philly.  He got his wish and I am very, very happy for him and for the Philadelphia fans.  Congrats, Shane!

Joe Blanton’s deal was similar; 3 years for 24 million.  Blanton, 29, has been a consistent starter for the Phillies, going 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 2009.  My only real question about this deal is, if Blanton is getting 8 million a year, was not Cliff Lee worth maybe 9 or 10 million a year?  I am happy for Blanton of course, but this does raise more questions about why we could not afford Lee.  I understand the baseball aspect and getting the prospects, but prospects can be attained other ways.  In fact, if Lee had left after 1 year, the Phillies would have gotten 2 draft picks out of it.

So yes, many of us are still grumbling about Lee.  It was, and still is, a bit of a shock to see him traded away after the ½ year he gave us.  Manager Charlie Manuel gave an interesting take on the trade as well saying, “As a manager in the big leagues, I look to put the best team on the field that’s possible at that moment. That’s where Lee comes into play.  The financial part, I have nothing to do with that. I want to put the best possible team on the field. I don’t know if that makes me selfish, but that’s how you play the game. That’s how the Yankees do it.”  Ouch.  I think the reference to the Yankees expresses how most of feel.  They should have kept Lee and Roy Halladay…the Yankees certainly would have.

It is hard not to dwell on what could have been, especially given the Blanton signing.  But, I will try my best.  It is either that, or my head might explode. ;o)  Wish me luck!

At any rate, I am thrilled to see Victorino get his due and look forward to Blanton eating some innings for us.  And now we await word on Ruiz…

Photo by Jenn


*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the My Team Rivals network*


Cruise Videos, Natural Disasters & Other News

I almost forgot to show everyone my favorite photo from the cruise!  It is me, wearing Ryan Madson’s World Series ring :O)  Ryan was amazing on the cruise; friendly, shaking hands with everyone and chatting away like we were all old buddies.  And he gets extra bonus points for this:3B MISC (2).jpg

If anyone missed my slideshows or Photo Albums from the trip, check out THIS entry for all that fun as well :O)

And now for the video!  The first one is the player introductions from the first day of the cruise, an appearance by the Phanatic and part of movie day, which had a few hitches.  They could not get the movie to play (Phillies 09 Yearbook), so Tom Burgoyne, friend of the Phanatic, took the stage, more than once, to entertain the crowd during the delay:


The next 2 videos are the Q & A session where Greg Luzinski, JC Romero, Shane Victorino, Ryan Madson and Tom/Phanatic answered questions from the fans:



And finally, this video is the Farewell cocktail party and dinner.  The players and a few of the wives each spoke to the fans during the party and the dinner consisted of a waiter parade, “rally towels,” “Let’s go Phillies!” chant and the singing of “Take me out to the Ballgame.”


And for those who have been following the earthquake in Haiti, you may be interested to know that right before the quake, our cruise ship was sailing from Grand Turk to Puerto Rico, right past the island, on the eastern most side closer to the Dominican Republic.  DR is the east side of the same island that Haiti is on.  That night, the sea was a bit rough, which may have been an indicator of what was about to hit the area.

In a related story, Jimmy Rollins and his fiancée are currently on the island of Grand Cayman, where an earthquake hit this morning.  They had to evacuate their hotel for a short time but Rollins texted the Phillies to say they were ok and that the wedding, scheduled for 4pm on Saturday, is still on.  If you ask me, there were far too many Phillies far too close to natural disasters this week.

I would like to send my best wishes to Jimmy and Johari; may their wedding go off without a hitch…or an earthquake ;o)  On a more serious note, my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti.  This terrible tragedy reminds us all that we need to take better care of our planet and all the people in it.  If anyone is able to donate to the cause, please visit UNICEF for details.

One final note regarding Phillies arbitration; Chad Durbin signed a one-year, $2.125 million contract, ensuring he will avoid the hearing next month.  No word yet on whether deals were done with the other 3 eligible players, Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton and Carlos Ruiz.

And if anyone from the former Duck Pond fan group is reading, you will happy to know that your favorite player is back.  Brandon Duckworth signed a minor league deal to bring him back to the Phillies organization.  They also signed Jason Standridge and Nate Bump to similar deals; none of the 3 will be invited to Spring Training, but do not let that stop you from quacking with delight :O)

Photos / Video by Jenn


*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the My Team Rivals network*



Ryan Howard Signs 3-Year Deal

OMG!  Stop the presses!  Quit rubbing your eyes!  You read it correctly; avoiding arbitration, today Ryan Howard signed a THREE-year deal worth $54 Million dollars!  The actual yearly breakdown has not yet been disclosed, but it is basically $18 million per year, which is what Howard asked for in 2009.  The good news here is that both Howard and the Phillies do not have to worry about this again until he becomes a free-agent in 2011. 
Howard 2.jpg
Plus, if Howard had won in arbitration, getting $18 million this year, you can be sure he would want even more in 2010.  So this multi-year deal likely saved the Phillies some money, assuming Howard stays healthy and continues to produce.

Howard, in only 3 seasons in the Majors, has produced a Major League leading 153 home runs, 431 RBI’s and garnered majors awards; 2005 NL Rookie of the Year, 2006 NL MVP and toss in a Home Run Derby championship, just for fun.  He’ll be laughing all the way to the bank, but hopefully, Phillies fans will be cheering him on at the ballpark.  Without any distractions in sight, the Phillies can kick off Spring Training in a VERY positive light.  New GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. should be commended on his perseverance and for getting ALL 10 arbitration eligible players on board before the start of camp.


Visit the Phillies Phollowers Online Shop today!

Read more about the Phillies at MY OTHER HOME PAGE!  Phillies Phollowers has joined forces with Phightin’ Phils Phorum! Please check out our site and bookmark it.

And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod!  All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!

Remember also to check out our homepage My Team Rivals and our Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Billy Penn Curse, Reinstate Pete Rose,  Phillies Mets Rivalry, Phillies Marlins Rivalry, and Phillies Braves Rivalry pages!

Durbin Watch Over; Howard Lone Hold Out

Not that I mind at all watching Chad Durbin, but the wait is over!  The Phillies and Durbin agreed on a one year, 1.635 million dollar contract and fans will be blessed with his adorableness (if I may make up a word here) for at least one more season.  Durbin was the final player to sign instead of going to arbitration, except for Ryan Howard who remains alone in his ambition.  Howard is seeking $18 million; a figure that is off the charts outrageous.  The Phillies offered Howard a generous $14 million which, still riding the high of last year’s $10 million dollar arbitration win, he flatly turned down.  What are your thoughts on the Howard situation?  Should he hold out for more or is he being greedy?  Let me know!

Shane diving.JPGHere is the Photo of the Day for you, which is from the Phillies Cruise a few weeks back.  This was taken by fellow cruise-mate, Amy Pacione who was watching Shane Victorino dive off a small boat in Grand Cayman and captured this image, which I thought was very fun!

If you are looking for more information, photos and videos from the Phillies Phantastic Voyage, look no further.  There are links down the right side of this page to the Photo slideshow, Videos and check my January archives for detailed reviews and stories from the Cruise.

Thanks to everyone for their heartfelt comments on my last blog.  I appreciate everyone’s support and am very happy to be a part of the MLBlogs community.  You guys rock!  Have a great day! :O)

Read more about the Phillies at MY OTHER HOME PAGE!  Phillies Phollowers has joined forces with Phightin’ Phils Phorum! Please check out our site and bookmark it.

And for the football fans, I have also started a Miami Dolphins page, The Dolphin Pod!  All Dol-Fans, and anyone else who wants to say hello is welcome!

Remember also to check out our homepage My Team Rivals and our Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, Billy Penn Curse, Reinstate Pete Rose,  Phillies Mets Rivalry, Phillies Marlins Rivalry, and Phillies Braves Rivalry pages!