Phillies offer Dellucci arbitration

Phillies offer Dellucci arbitration

PHILADELPHIA -- David Dellucci was offered salary arbitration by the Phillies prior to Friday's deadline. He was the lone Philadelphia free agent to receive such a proposal.

Because they offered, the Phillies will receive draft-pick compensation from the Indians, assuming Dellucci passes a physical and finalizes the three-year, $11.5 million deal he has reached with the club. Philadelphia is entitled to Cleveland's second-round pick and a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds.

The Phillies receive only a second-round pick for Dellucci, a Type A free agent, because teams with the first 15 picks can't lose a first-round selection.

Philadelphia didn't offer arbitration to other Type A free agents Aaron Fultz and Mike Lieberthal, meaning there will be no compensation if they sign elsewhere. Arthur Rhodes, Jose Hernandez, Rick White and Randy Wolf (a Type C) weren't offered.

The decision to forfeit draft-pick compensation must always be weighed against the fear that a player would accept arbitration by the Dec. 7 deadline and become a signed player. The Phillies got burned in 2003 when Kevin Millwood surprisingly accepted.

Lieberthal, for example, made $7.5 million and has said he'd like to return to Philadelphia, a scenario the Phillies didn't want. Lieberthal is believed to have a one-year deal with the Dodgers that is contingent upon him not being offered arbitration.

The Phillies may also be interested in other free agents such as David Weathers (Type A) if there is no compensation required.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, not offering arbitration isn't as final as in previous seasons, when a free agent not offered couldn't return to his former team until May 1. Now players can continue to negotiate with their former clubs.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.