Phillies extend arbitration offer to Werth

Posted: November 24, 2010

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.

The Phillies still can negotiate a multiyear deal with either Werth or Durbin.

Minor hire

The Phillies have hired John Mizerock as a coach for Class A Clearwater, completing their player development staff. Mizerock played parts of four seasons in the majors with Houston and Atlanta, and in 2002 spent a 13-game stint as the interim manager for the Kansas City Royals.

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