12/13/08 1:14 AM EST
Phils non-tender one, then re-sign him
Mathieson inks Minors deal; contracts offered to Howard, others
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Scott Mathieson, 24, was the only non-tendered player by Philadelphia, but he was then re-signed to a Minor League contract while he rehabs from two Tommy John ligament replacement surgeries.
The Phillies also signed infielder Eric Bruntlett and right-hander Clay Condrey to one-year contracts to avoid salary arbitration. After coming over from the Astros in the five-player deal that also sent Brad Lidge to the Phillies, the 30-year-old Bruntlett appeared in 120 games, batting .217 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Condrey, 33, went 3-4 with one save and a 3.26 ERA in 56 games during his third season in Philadelphia.
Right-handers Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin and Ryan Madson; left-hander Cole Hamels, infielders Greg Dobbs and Ryan Howard; and outfielders Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth were all eligible for arbitration but were tendered contracts. That means those players are locked up for the 2009 season at a figure to be determined either during arbitration or negotiations.
Mathieson, a 17th-round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft by the Phillies, missed the entire 2008 season and pitched in just seven games in Philadelphia's farm system in 2007.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.