NEW YORK - If the Phillies make it to the World Series, they will have work to do immediately after regarding negotiations with soon-to-be free agent Jayson Werth.
Under a deal announced yesterday, players such as the Phillies' rightfielder no longer have to file for free agency but are automatically set free. The exclusive period for teams to negotiate with their free-agent-eligible players was cut from the first 15 days after the World Series to 5.
The deadline for clubs to offer salary arbitration to their former players who become free agents was moved to Nov. 23 from Dec. 1, and the deadline for them to accept was moved up from Dec. 7 to Nov. 30.
The so-called "tender" deadline for teams to offer contracts for the following season to players on their 40-man rosters was moved up nine days to Dec. 2.