CLEARWATER, Fla. - Both John Mayberry Jr. and Kevin Frandsen signed guaranteed contracts through arbitration, and that could help both players' quests to secure bench jobs this spring.
The majority of contracts for arbitration-eligible players are non-guaranteed, but Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said the team extended guarantees to both. Mayberry signed for $1.5875 million this winter while Frandsen agreed to a $900,000 deal.
It is possible the Phillies saved money when signing both players by including the guaranteed language. That decision, however, could hamstring the team this spring if it decides to go in another direction.
A player on a non-guaranteed contract who is released during spring training is owed termination pay, which can be as little as one-sixth and as much as one-fourth of the player's salary. If Mayberry or Frandsen is placed on waivers in spring training and no team claims him, the Phillies are responsible for paying the player's entire salary.