ATLANTA - The Phillies have 10 players eligible for arbitration this winter, and decisions on whom to retain will extend weeks beyond the season.
There is no debate over Kyle Kendrick, according to Ruben Amaro Jr. The righthander will be offered a contract and steep raise.
"I don't know why people are asking about that," the general manager said. "We will [bring him back]."
Kendrick signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal before the 2012 season. He earned $4.5 million in 2013 and could make upward of $8 million in arbitration. The Phils value his durability; a minor shoulder injury that robbed him of his final three starts this season was his first medical problem.
Moreover, September revealed a painful lack of starting pitching depth in the entire organization. Kendrick, who turned 29 in August, posted a 6.49 ERA after July 1. That came after a fantastic start - a 3.59 ERA in 17 starts, 14 of which lasted six or more innings.
Kendrick could be the fourth or fifth starter in 2014. The Phils believe Miguel Gonzalez will fill a spot while Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels sit atop the rotation.
The Phillies could announce some changes to the coaching staff after Sunday's finale, but manager Ryne Sandberg anticipated some decisions could linger. "I wouldn't really put a timetable on it," Sandberg said. "It'll be a process. It'll take some time."