Midnight last night/this morning was the deadline for MLB teams to tender contracts to players who would otherwise become free agents. Even for a fan base as exhausted and frustrated as Phillies fans, this is still news they want to know. So, while many teams made their tender announcements as the deadline approached or passed, the Phillies said “Oh, we’ll let them know in the morning.”
And it was at 9:40 this morning when the tenders offered to Dom Brown, Ben Revere, and Antonio Bastardo were finally made public. It was a technicality and an expected move all around, but why wait nine hours? PR couldn’t be bothered to stay up that late? It’s a 24-7 news cycle here, you know. [Insert comment about Kyle not working on weekends: ]
Each of those three players must now reach a deal with the Phillies by February or they will go to arbitration, which will be announced by the Phillies weeks later.