12/01/09 10:23 PM EST
Park, Eyre not offered arbitration
Phillies GM Amaro would like to bring back both pitchers
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
It was not a surprise.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said earlier Tuesday they were unlikely to offer the pair arbitration. It means two things for the Phils:
1. They don't risk going to the arbiter's table with either player.
2. They don't receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft if they sign with another team.
"I don't know that we want to put ourselves in a position to be tied up money-wise in either player," Amaro said. "I think we want to be able to keep our flexibility as far as who we'll make a run at. And that will financially tie us up, frankly. That doesn't mean we don't want to bring them back. We can still bring them back."
Park made $2.5 million last season. Eyre made $2 million. If Philadelphia had offered arbitration and either had accepted, they certainly would have received raises from their 2009 salaries.
Amaro has said previously he would like to bring back both pitchers, but they have differences of opinions with both players' agents. That could change.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.