CLEARWATER, Fla. — Both John Mayberry Jr. and Kevin Frandsen signed guaranteed contracts through arbitration, a clause 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 later this spring if they decide 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 are placed on waivers in spring training and no team claims them, the Phillies are responsible for paying their entire salary.