In the midst of some very hilarious pre-Winter-Meeting developments, the Phillies have made two negligible acquisitions. As Jim Salisbury reports, the Phillies have traded Rob Rasmussen and Erik Kratz to Toronto for reliever Brad Lincoln. The fact that this trade was officially announced by Phillies personnel prior to any rumor or leak should clue you in to its significance.
The Phillies tendered contracts to a handful of arbitration-eligible players yesterday, including outfielder John Mayberry, Jr. It wasn’t all that surprising even though some were suggesting he should have been non-tendered. Mayberry earned $517,000 in 2013 and is entering his first year of arbitration eligibility, meaning the Phillies will have a relatively affordable right-handed bat with power for up to three more years.