WITH LESS than 90 minutes until last night's deadline, the Phillies still had not announced whether they had tendered contracts to their trio of arbitration-eligible players: lefthander Antonio Bastardo and outfielders Ben Revere and Domonic Brown.
The move was expected to be nothing more than a formality; players who are nontendered automatically become free agents, and all three of those players are young and have value - even if it's not to the Phillies.
Even if the front office did tender contracts to Bastardo, Revere and Brown before midnight, it doesn't necessarily guarantee all of them will remain with the team in the coming months. The front office has gone very public about jumping into rebuilding mode, meaning any player could be had in a trade this winter.
Bastardo, a free agent after the 2015 season, could have value to a contending team seeking bullpen help, while Revere and Brown could both be expendable as the Phillies attempt to find long-term production from their outfield.
All major league players tendered contracts yesterday still must reach agreements with their respective teams in the coming months. If deals are not reached before February, the two sides (the player and the team) could meet in arbitration hearings as spring training gets underway in Florida and Arizona.