All the team's other free agents are either Type C free agents or unranked, meaning the Phillies aren't entitled to compensation regardless. Philadelphia could offer arbitration to Kyle Lohse, though he is seeking a multiyear deal. The team has cut ties with Abraham Nunez, Rod Barajas, Tadahito Iguchi, Jose Mesa and Antonio Alfonseca.The next deadline is Dec. 12, when the Phillies must decide which of their arbitration-eligible players -- with fewer than six years of Major League experience -- to offer contracts to for next season. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Julio Mateo and Chris Snelling fall into this group, with Mateo the only player who might be non-tendered. All of the players will receive raises, with Howard's and Lidge's expected to be significant. Howard, who can't be a free agent until after the 2011 season, will likely discuss the possibility of signing a multiyear contract which would bypass his arbitration years, as Chase Utley, Brett Myers and Pat Burrell did in recent years. Howard had his contract renewed for $900,000.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.