On Monday, 43 players around the league were non-tendered, meaning there are 43 more free agents today than there were yesterday. Let's take a look at some of the top names to see if they'd be fit with the Phillies.
The Blue Jays signed Dioner Navarro early Monday morning and thus, Arencibia was the odd man out in Toronto. Toronto tried to trade him but found no suitors for the 27-year-old catcher with a .258 career OBP.
Arencibia has averaged 21 homers the last three seasons but never walks, strikes out a ton and hits for a low average. He might find a one- or two-year deal from a team desperate for a catcher, but that won't be the Phils.
John Axford, Andrew Bailey
Axford was let go by the Cardinals because St. Louis has a deep 'pen and he was set to make about $6 million through arbitration. The Phillies should absolutely take a look on a one-year deal.
Axford was terrible out of the gate in 2013, but after May 15 posted a 2.50 ERA in 58 appearances, with 48 strikeouts in 50 innings and just four homers allowed. The 31-year-old has experience in practically every bullpen role.
Bailey was non-tendered by the Red Sox just two winters after being traded to Boston from Oakland for Josh Reddick. Bailey had major shoulder surgery in July and is expected to miss the first half of 2014. He's a local kid from Voorhees, NJ who had a 2.07 ERA in his first three big-league seasons, but the injuries are a major concern for a team that has enough issues of its own.
Daniel Bard, Mitchell Boggs
Two reclamation projects here. Bard is Phillippe Aumont circa 2016 -- great stuff, no control, no real role, given up on by Boston. A first-rounder in 2006, Bard was once a top-100 prospect. He's been atrocious the last two seasons, walking 56 batters in 47.1 innings.
Boggs was traded to the Rockies this past season and pitched pretty well after falling out of favor in St. Louis. He's intriguing because of his 95-plus mph fastball, and he's only a season removed from excellence. Boggs had a 2.21 ERA in 78 appearances for the Cards in 2012. He turns 30 in February.
Long thought to be an answer at a corner infield spot for the Brewers, Gamel has been let go by Milwaukee and the Cubs over the last two months. He was once a top-35 prospect in the game.
But the 28-year-old hasn't been able to translate gaudy minor-league numbers to the bigs. He's a career .304/.376/.498 hitter in the minors, with 105 homers in 746 games. He's had fewer than 300 plate appearances in the majors.
Why not take a shot on a guy like this if you're the Phillies?
Tommy Hanson, Daniel Hudson
Hanson may or may not have a right shoulder. Hudson has had back-to-back Tommy John surgeries. Hanson was once a piece of Atlanta's future, but he's now a starter with two pitches and a high-80s fastball that flattens out after his easily discernible overhand delivery. Pass there.
Hudson, maybe. He'll have some suitors, and there's already talk that Arizona wants to bring him back.
He was projected to make $5.3 million in arbitration. The 32-year-old hit .233 with a .708 OPS and 15 homers last season for the Pirates, playing first base and right field.
From 2009-13 Jones hit exactly 100 homers for the Bucs. He'd be intriguing as a bench bat for the Phillies, who desperately need some lefty thump there. Probably too expensive, though.
Phillies need a backup catcher, so why not bring back the former farmhand dealt to Cleveland in 2009 for Cliff Lee? Marson's never hit at the big-league level, but he's a solid defender who projects to make $1 million or less in 2014. Maybe.
I like Kalish a lot and see him as Josh Reddick-type who could emerge out of nowhere to give a team inexpensive production.
The lefty-hitting outfielder turns 26 in March. He has extensive experience in center and right field. He was a top-100 prospect prior to 2008. In seven minor-league seasons he's hit .279/.366/.429.
Injuries have plagued Kalish since 2011. He's had surgery on both shoulders and two operations on his neck.
Still, if you strike gold here you might be landing the next Jayson Werth.
Xavier Paul, Jordany Valdespin
Paul has been a bench piece for the Reds the last few years and has some value as a fifth outfielder. He's speedy and plays all three outfield positions and can hit a little bit. He slugged .402 in 2013 with seven homers, and he's just 28.
Valdespin is a head-case, but he's just 25 and he's very versatile. He played second, short, left, center and right for the Mets in 2012 and 2013. He also hit 12 homers in just 350 plate appearances.
Ryan Webb, Wesley Wright
Two cheap relievers. Each figured to make about $1.5 million in 2014 through arbitration.
Webb, a righty, was a surprise non-tender by the Marlins. He had a 2.91 ERA in 80 innings for the Fish in 2013, and has a 3.29 career mark across 266 major-league appearances.
He's a sinker-baller that could really help a team like the Phillies. He has way more experience than the Diekman-De Fratus crowd, and he's still young (28 in February). Webb has a 57% career groundball rate.
Wright is a lefty who had a 3.28 ERA from 2011-13 in 168 appearances. He struck out 120 batters in 118 innings and had a 3.2 BB/9. Lefties have hit .231 with a .655 OPS against him in his career.
Webb and Wright would not have been non-tendered by most teams. But Webb played for Miami and Wright played for Tampa Bay, and both teams need to clear as much payroll as they can.
Bullpen depth is a priority for the Phillies and you have two solid relievers here. They should be at the top of the list.