The Phillies were expected to tender contracts Tuesday to their three arbitration-eligible players, although Antonio Bastardo, Ben Revere and Domonic Brown have the same uncertain fate as the rest of an unsettled Phillies roster.
Bastardo, Revere and Brown could combine to earn $10 million in salary next season. The Phillies have until February to reach agreements with the three players before an arbiter can intervene.
The Phillies attempted to trade Bastardo, who endorsed such a move, last July but could not find a match. They will look to trade him again, and his market could expand once Andrew Miller, the top free-agent lefthanded reliever, signs. Bastardo made $2 million in 2014 and posted a 3.94 ERA.
Revere will earn a raise from the $1.95 million he made last season. He batted .306 with a .686 OPS, but Phillies officials have always hedged on Revere's future as the team's centerfielder. He turns 27 in May.
This is Brown's first year of arbitration, so he will receive a hefty raise from the $550,000 he made in 2014. The process takes into account a player's entire performance before reaching arbitration. So, while Brown had a dismal season in 2014, his all-star campaign from 2013 will factor into the equation.