12/20/2004 4:35 PM ET
Polanco accepts arbitration, Glanville rejects
Phillies sign Fultz, sell two players
Second baseman Placido Polanco will be back in a Phillies uniform for 2005 after accepting the club's offer for arbitration.
The 29-year-old is considered a signed player and eligible for arbitration. The Phillies cannot move his contract before June 15, 2005, without his consent. Polanco batted .298 in 126 games, with a career-high 17 homers and 55 RBI, second highest RBI total in his six-year career. He missed a month because of a strained left quadriceps muscle.
To make room for Polanco on the 40-man winter roster, catcher Michel Hernandez was designated for assignment.
Outfielder Doug Glanville rejected arbitration. The Phillies have until January 8, 2005, to sign him or Glanville becomes a free agent.
In another move, LHP Aaron Fultz, who was claimed on waivers October 14 from the Minnesota Twins, has agreed to a one-year, $550,000 contract. The 31-year-old was 3-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 55 games with the Twins and 0-0 for 7 relief appearances with Rochester. Left-handed hitters batted .212 vs. Fultz with the Twins.
**INF Chris Gomez, selected last week in the Rule 5 draft from Baltimore, has been sold to the Orioles for an undisclosed amount of cash.
**RHP Aaron Myette has been sold to the Japanese expansion team, the Sendai Golden Eagles. Myette was recently signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent to a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre contract and invited to spring training.
Only 59 days until pitchers and catchers work out for the first time at Carpenter Field!
Note: Deadline for teams to offer 2005 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters is midnight tonight. The list of non-tenders will come from Major League Baseball.