Rowand refuses arbitration
Free agent centerfielder Aaron Rowand declined salary arbitration with the Phillies. The decision was expected.
Free agent centerfielder Aaron Rowand declined salary arbitration with the Phillies.
The decision was expected.
Rowand would have been considered a signed player with the Phillies for 2008 had he accepted.
But even though Rowand declined, the Phillies can continue to negotiate with him. Rowand is seeking at least a five-year contract, while the Phillies are more comfortable with a three-year deal. Both sides said this week at the winter meetings in Nashville that a deal between the Phillies and Rowand is a "long shot."
If Rowand signs with another team -- which seems likely -- the Phillies will receive two top draft picks as compensation.
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