Midnight marks the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligibles.
Here's the list of eligible Phillies: Cole Hamels (final year); Hunter Pence (arbitration-eligible through 2013); Kyle Kendrick (free agent after 2014); Ben Francisco (free agent after 2014); Wilson Valdez (first year of arbitration eligibility, earned $560K last season).
Beerleaguer: Hamels and Pence are formalities, although the Phillies are known to have interest in buying out some of Hamels' free agent years. Kendrick, who pitched in a career-high 34 games last season and went 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA, is a valuable insurance policy and will get a raise over his $2.45 million 2011 earnings. But is he a lock to stay? Not on this team. The Phils still haven't figured out shortstop, so the timing appears right to secure Valdez, their best back-up defender at three infield spots, but don't be shocked if the Phils throw a curveball and go a different direction here. Better back-up infield options could shake loose through this same process of non-tender attrition (someone like Ryan Theriot in St. Louis, maybe). Valdez earned $560K in 2011 and started in 162 games over the last two seasons, so it will be interesting to see what kind of bump he gets.
Division Series Game 3 hero Ben Francisco, who earned $1.175 million last season, rarely started in the second half and knocked in a whole three runs after the All-Star break. His status became even murkier when the Phils added Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton, plus John Bowker is under team control and I know you’re excited about that. Francisco could be non-tendered and brought back on a lesser deal. If Ryan Howard starts the season on the disabled list, as expected, and if they resign Jimmy Rollins, as expected, there's still room on the bench for him as long as they don't use slot 25 for a super-utility man (Michael Martinez, Pete Orr).
Phillies re-sign left-hander: The Phillies agreed to a minor league deal with 26-year-old left-hander Ryan Feierabend, who spent last season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The former Mariner (2006-08) went 10-8 with a 5.39 ERA in 28 games (23 starts) for the IronPigs. The deal was reported by Baseball America.