As expected, the Phillies extended an arbitration offer to rightfielder Jayson Werth, and in doing so maintained their right to receive compensation in the form of draft picks should the Type A free agent sign elsewhere.
The Phillies elected not to offer arbitration to Type B free agent Chad Durbin, meaning they will not receive a supplemental draft pick if he signs elsewhere.
Werth has until Nov. 30 to decline arbitration, which seems to be a formality. If he were to accept, he would play for the Phillies in 2011 under a 1-year contract at a salary determined by a panel of arbitrators. Werth is the highest-rated free agent this season, according to the official rankings provided to the league and the players association by Elias Sports Bureau.