Clay Condrey, 34, had been in the organization since 2004 and went 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA in an injury-shortened 2009. He is now a free agent.Beerleaguer: We bid farewell to one of the most popular Beerleaguers of all time today, a handy middle reliever whose fringe status made him the subject of countless debates over the years. After a season in which he floated between Triple-A and the Majors five times - faithfully accepting his assignment each time - the right-hander finally earned a full ride in Philadelphia during the championship season and played an important role in the middle frames and in long relief. The sinkerballer had one of his best seasons going in 2009, creeping closer to the late frames, displaying a little more life on his fastball and picking up six vulture wins before injuries set in. He pitched sparingly over the final month and was left off the postseason roster.
Nevertheless, it was a good ride for Everyday Clay, who initially signed as a minor league starter in 2004 and was converted to a reliever in 2006. The right-handed Texan would eventually make 161 middle relief appearances for the Phillies over a span of four seasons, going 16-8 with a 3.65 ERA and 143/87 K/BB ratio over 189 2-3 innings. Beerleaguers had this to say following news of the non-tender:"He's a low leverage middle relief pitcher. The reason guys like this get non-tendered is because, as the put on service years, their likely arbitration value exceeds their actual value. His production is easily replaceable for less money." - sophist
"Condrey is nothing but a middle-of-the-road reliever coming off an injury-plagued year and who likely would have commanded ~$900k-$1M or so in arbitration. He's far from irreplaceable. Still, the bullpen has almost zero depth right now and a ton of question marks. Addition by subtraction doesn't help things" - MGNotes: I'll be back later today with a recap of Friday's announcement of the non-roster invitees and contract offers to the rest of the Phillies' arbitration-eligible players.