1/17/2014 9:10 P.M. ET
Kendrick, Mayberry agree to one-year deals
Phillies avoid arbitration with duo, exchange figures with Revere, Bastardo
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
The Phillies managed to avoid arbitration ahead of Friday's deadline with right-hander Kyle Kendrick and outfielder John Mayberry but weren't as fortunate when it came to their other two arbitration-eligible players.
Unable to reach agreements with outfielder Ben Revere and reliever Antonio Bastardo prior to Friday's 1 p.m. ET deadline, Philadelphia and the duo instead exchanged figures. According to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, Revere asked for $2.425 million for the 2014 season, while the Phillies countered with a $1.4 million offer. As for Bastardo, the report said the 28-year-old southpaw requested $2.5 million for next season, and the Phillies extended a $1.675 million offer in return.
Though they did not reach agreements prior to exchanging figures, the two sides can continue negotiating until the day of the arbitration hearing. Hearings this year will be scheduled from Feb. 1-21.
If the two sides come to an agreement prior to the hearing date, a deal can be made for any amount between the exchanged figures. Once the case goes to a hearing, however, the arbitration panel will specifically select either the club's figure or the player's figure as the player's 2014 salary.
Revere, who made a base salary of $515,000 last year, was acquired from the Twins last offseason in exchange for Vance Worley and Minor Leaguer Trevor May. Revere, 25, got off to a sluggish start with the Phillies, hitting .200 in April with a .456 OPS, but he recovered to hit .347 with a .784 OPS over the next 65 games before a broken bone in his right ankle ended his season in July. The outfielder finished the year with a .305 average and 22 stolen bases in just 88 games.
Revere was traded to the Phillies following a breakout season of sorts with the Twins in 2012. Appearing in 124 games, Revere hit .294 with 13 doubles and six triples, while also showcasing his wheels with 40 stolen bases. He also swiped 34 bags while playing in just 117 games a season earlier.
Bastardo, meanwhile, is again one of the last remaining Phillies in the arbitration process. The left-hander last season was the club's final arbitration-eligible player to come to terms on a deal, agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.
Following the deal, Bastardo was impressive to start the season before his year was cut short by a 50-game suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal. Prior to the suspension, the lefty reliever posted a 2.32 ERA with a 3-2 record and a pair of saves over 48 appearances.
As for the two players with whom the Phillies avoided the arbitration process altogether, Kendrick agreed to a one-year, $7.675 million contract, plus award bonuses for the 2014 season, while Mayberry accepted a one-year deal worth $1.587 million.
Kendrick, 29, won double-digit games last year for the fifth time in his six full big league seasons. He earned a $4.5 million base salary in 2013, when he went 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA, all while pitching a career-high 182 innings over 30 starts.
A seventh-round pick in 2003, Kendrick has spent his entire career in the Philadelphia organization. The righty is 64-55 with a 4.38 ERA in 194 games (153 starts).
As for Mayberry, the 30-year-old started 89 games for the Phillies last season, including 84 in the outfield. However, Philadelphia added veteran Marlon Byrd this offseason with the hopes of having Byrd patrol the outfield alongside Revere and Domonic Brown. Mayberry last season hit .227 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs.