Phils offer arbitration to Ibanez, Madson and Rollins

The Phillies have offered salary arbitration to left fielder Raul Ibanez. (David M Warren/Staff File Photo)

The Phillies offered salary arbitration to three of their five free agents Wednesday with the biggest surprise being left fielder Raul Ibanez.

As expected, the team offered arbitration to pitcher Ryan Madson and shortstop Jimmy Rollins and declined arbitration offers to reliever Brad Lidge and starter Roy Oswalt.

Should Rollins sign with another team, the Phillies would be compensated with a first-round pick that would be forfeited by the signing team provided that team finished among the top 15 in baseball last season. The Phillies would also receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of the draft for Rollins.

If Madson signs elsewhere, the Phillies would get a first-round pick just in front of the team that signs him provided that team finished in the top 15. That team would retain its first-round pick and select immediately after the Phillies.

Should Rollins or Madson sign with teams that finished among the bottom 15 in baseball, the Phillies would receive that team's second-round pick. 

The Phillies would also receive a compensatory pick between the first and second round if Ibanez signs elsewhere. It's possible the Phillies have already ascertained that Ibanez will not accept salary arbitration. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said last week that the team is still considering re-signing Ibanez and using him in a reduced role with John Mayberry Jr. getting an opportunity to be the starting left fielder.

Ibanez made $12 million in the final year of his contract last season and it is unlikely the Phillies would risk going through the arbitration process with the 39-year-old outfielder.

The players have until Nov. 30 to accept or reject arbitration. If they accept, it is a binding contract and the Phillies would happily bring back Madson and Rollins on one-year deals.

The Phillies can still re-sign Lidge and Oswalt, but they will not receive any compensation if the two veteran pitchers sign elsewhere.