Deadline near for Phillies to tender Brown, Revere and Bastardo


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
December 2 2014, 12:15 pm EST.

With less than a week before the start of baseball's Winter Meetings, the Phillies still have some business to take care of before heading to San Diego.

The club has until midnight Tuesday to tender contracts to their three arbitration-eligible players - reliever Antonio Bastardo and outfielders Domonic Brown and Ben Revere.

The expectation is all three players will receive offers from the Phillies prior to the deadline, but there's no guarantee any of them will be with the club come Opening Day as the front office looks to rebuild.

Bastardo, 29, is the most likely of the three to be dealt this winter. The lefthander has a power arm and will become a free agent after the 2015 season, so he's a perfect fit for a team looking to compete next season. In 64 innings last season he finished 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA.

Revere, 26, put together a career year last season when he hit .306 while stealing 49 bases. He earned $1.95 million last year through arbitration. 

Brown, 27, is arbitration eligible for the first time and is coming off a lackluster year where he hit just .235 with 10 home runs; a significant drop in production from his 27 home run All-Star campaign in 2013. 

Bastardo earned $2 million last year through arbitration, while Brown's salary was $500,000. 

All three players are expected to see salary increases in 2015, according to projections from mlbtraderumors.com. 

Players have until Jan. 13 to file for arbitration. If players arbitration eligible players are not tendered contracts by midnight they become free agents. 

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