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The Phillies tendered contracts to three of their four arbitration eligible candidates prior to the deadline.

The Phillies decisions on tendering contracts to their arbitration eligible players didn't really bring much of a surprise. Three of the four eligible players were tendered deals for 2017.

Friday afternoon, the fate of Cody Asche was pretty well sealed when he was designated for assignment to make room for reliever David Rollins on the team's 40-man roster. Later in the evening, the Phillies announced that they hadn't traded Asche and wouldn't tender him a contract, making him a free agent.

Rollins was claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Infielders Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez, along with reliever Jeanmar Gomez were later tendered deals, which keeps them on the 40-man roster. All three could wind up going to arbitration with the team if they don't agree on deals prior to their arbitration hearings, which begin in January.

Galvis and Hernandez formed the Phillies middle-infield combination last season and both put together good seasons, increasing their value as they head to arbitration. Gomez wound up being the Phillies closer after others failed at the job early in the season and he took over. Late in the year, however, Gomez stumbled and his status as the team's closer will likely be challenged in Spring Training.

With the day's moves, the Phillies 40-man roster remains at the limit. Other moves, including trades, will be made between now and the time that camp opens in January. Some deals could happen as early as next week when teams gather in National Harbor, Maryland for the annual Winter Meetings.

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