Teams have until midnight tomorrow to offer contracts to players with less than six years of Major League service time. For the Phils, that includes Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and Chris Snelling, who're up for arbitration.
No surprises are expected among the list of arb-eligible Phillies, but around baseball, a couple of recognizable names may not make the cut. There’s widespread speculation the Padres will non-tender Morgan Ensberg, who fits the Phillies’ profile as an everyday third baseman with some power. The White Sox could also part with veteran third baseman Joe Crede, who’s struggled with back issues. Right-hander Mark Prior could add another sad chapter to his career if the Cubs decline arbitration.
The Phillies went bargain shopping for non-tenders last season when they picked up outfielder Jayson Werth, who was not offered a contract by the Dodgers. Interest in this year’s batch would be a logical assumption. The list of possible non-tenders is relatively deep with marginal pitching, and all things considered, marginal pitching might be an upgrade for a team listing Scott Mathieson, Clay Condrey and Mike Zagurski 5-6-7 in the bullpen depth chart.
For a speculative list of non-tender candidates, see MLB Trade Rumors and Rotoworld. My sense is many of these players will be attractive to the Phils, who've been less than enamored with free agency.
Matt Wise available: The Brewers designated reliever Matt Wise for assignment to make room for Eric Gagne on the 40-man roster and will not offer him a contract. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, Wise pitched well in the first half of last season, going 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 37 outings, but went into a funk after hitting Cincinnati's Pedro Lopez with a pitch in July. Wise would be useful to many clubs, including the Phils.