The Phillies had until midnight to offer contracts to their unsigned players.
They only non-tendered righthander Scott Mathieson, who has been injured the past two seasons, but then resigned him to a split contract. That basically means he no longer will be making the big-league minimum while he rehabs from his latest Tommy John surgery. The Phillies also signed infielder Eric Bruntlett and righthander Clay Condrey to one-year contracts to avoid salary arbitration.
That leaves the Phillies with eight players eligible for salary arbitration: Joe Blanton, Greg Dobbs, Chad Durbin, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.
Major League Baseball's 2008 World Series DVD is available on Blu-ray beginning Dec. 16.
Here's something to consider for those fans upset the Phillies lost a first-round draft pick to sign Raul Ibanez: it was a very late first round pick, so it's not an absolute killer. A first-round pick in baseball is a bit different than a first-round pick in basketball or football. Also keep in mind that the Phillies can spend more on their other high draft picks, picks that might not sign, enter college and re-enter the draft later.