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Philadelphia Phillies' arbitration decisions were surprising

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The Philadelphia Phillies had five arbitration eligible players. After yesterday's decisions, it's surprising that each man still has a chance to wear red pinstripes next season.

General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. had individual decisions to make regarding Kyle Kendrick, Ben Revere, Antonio Bastardo, John Mayberry Jr. and Kevin Frandsen. The Phillies' top boss chose to keep his options open in every instance, which was somewhat surprising.

Frandsen's new one-year $900,000 contract was unexpected due to the presence of younger infield options. However, the veteran apparently endeared himself to enough people to warrant another extension.

Kendrick, Revere and Bastardo were all considered locks to receive contracts. 'KK' isn't a Cy Young candidate, but he's been serviceable. Revere is slated to be Ryne Sandberg's leadoff man. Bastardo is a left-handed bullpen man in the prime of his mixed career.

Mayberry's retention speaks to Amaro's familiarity and penchant for further deals. Set to enter his fifth Phillies' year, the soon-to-be 30-year-old (December 21) reserve had an off-year in 2013. However, Mayberry's ability to play any outfield position and first base, along with a modestly powerful bat, gives him value.

The five players referenced might not live to see April, or last through the 2014 season. But, Amaro's 'Fab Five' retention means that he only needs to try and fill a few roster spots during next week's Winter Meetings in Florida.

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