December 3 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Last year, the Phillies entered the offseason with five arbitration-eligible players. This year, the number is just two, and neither figures to provide much in the way of drama.
Yesterday, the club offered contracts to both players – outfielder Ben Francisco and righthander Kyle Kendrick – in advance of a midnight deadline to do so. The Phillies could have elected against tendering one or both of them contracts, but doing so would have made them free agents, and both are expected to contribute to the team next season.
Francisco could see his playing time increase if Jayson Werth ends up signing elsewhere. Francisco has just 301 plate appearances since joining the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade in July 2009. But he has posted decent numbers when called upon, hitting .272 with a .323 on-base percentage, .794 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), 11 home runs and nine stolen bases. He also hit lefties very well last season, posting a .901 OPS with six home runs in 96 plate appearances.
Francisco earned $470,000 last season. Judging by past arbitration cases, he should be in line to make between $1 million and $1.5 million.”
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