As expected, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Raul Ibanez have declined arbitration from the Phillies.
This according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.
Rollins is in search of a five-year contract, so the decision on his part was a no-brainer. With Ibanez, it’s a bit trickier. He’s unlikely to score a significant deal on the open market this winter and accepting arbitration would have netted him a salary of nearly $14 million for 2012. But it’s quite clear that the Phillies and Ibanez had a handshake agreement in place.
The Phillies can now get one draft pick when Ibanez signs elsewhere and two more picks if Rollins leaves.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: