The Philadelphia Phillies struggled to a 73-89 record this past season and pitching was one of the major issues. As they head south to Orlando, Florida next Sunday for the Winter Meetings, they have things to do beforehand. One is to offer contracts to pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Antonion Bastardo, outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry Jr and infielder Kevin Frandsen.
As reported by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he waned to offer Kendrick a contract, to the surprise of no one. Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee are etched in as the first two starters, with Miguel Gonzalez expected to make the rotation as the number three starter. Signing Kendrick is vital to fill one of the final two spots.
It also appears that signing Bastardo is a priority, since the Phillies also struggled out of the bullpen last season. Despite a 50-game suspension last year, Bastardo was one of the bright spots out of the Phillies' bullpen. In 48 games, he was 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA. He allowed only 33 hits and struck out 47 in 42 2/3 innings.
Ben Revere missed the last 74 games last year due to an ankle injury, but he's slated to be the every day center fielder. After a slow start, Revere finished with an average of .305 with 22 stolen bases.
Kendrick struggled to a 4.70 ERA last season, but did have 10 wins and started 30 games. In seven Major League seasons, Kendrick is 64-55 with a 4.38 ERA.
Frandsen has been a reliable utility man the past two season and is likely to be offered a contract, unless the Phillies feel comfortable with backups Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez or Reid Brignac, but none of them have the experience Frandsen has.
Mayberry is another player that is expected to get an offer. He is an above average defensive player at both first base and in the outfield. He can also supply some right-handed power off the bench. Mayberry batted only .227 with 11 home runs last season, but combined for 29 home runs in 708 at bats the previous two seasons. He is a career .245 hitter with 46 home runs and 148 RBI.