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.