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Philadelphia Phillies make sound pre-arbitration decisions

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The Philadelphia Phillies reached one-year agreements with Kyle Kendrick ($7.675 million) and John Mayberry, Jr. ($1.5875 million) this week. Doing so meant that an arbitration meeting was avoided with each player, which is often a wise money choice.

Ben Revere and Antonio Bastardo were expected to be offered acceptable financial arrangements before Friday's (today's) deadline.

General manager Ruben Amaro, Junior's choice to retain each player indicates that he's relatively comfortable with his spring training roster. Lower-tier free agent additions may still be made to the pitching staff, or on the bench. But, the mid-January roster will likely comprise the overwhelming percentage of Ryne Sandberg's initial 2014 team.

Kendrick, who will turn 30 in August, has achieved modest major league success during a seven-year career that has been spent entirely in red pinstripes.

Mayberry, Jr., who turned 30 in December, regressed offensively during the last two seasons. However, he is a versatile defensive player.

Revere, who turns 26 in May, slots as the Phillies starting centerfielder.

Bastardo, who turns 29 in September, could be the team's top left-handed reliever if he's able to maintain control over his strong arm.

The Phillies' payroll, which is approximately $160 million, ranks among the highest in all of baseball.

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