Telemaco Confused, But Glad to Return to Philly

First, the Phillies seemed to have a deal with Amaury Telemaco. Then, he was gone. Then, he was back. Now, we know the reasoning behind the bizarre turn of events that left Telemaco and fans wondering what was going on in the Phillies' front office.

It would be understandable if RHP Amaury Telemaco were confused.

During the week before the December 20 deadline to offer contracts, Telemaco thought he had an agreement with the Phillies, found out he didn't and then ended up signing a better deal than he had expected in the first place.

All of that left the Phillies organization looking somewhere between wishy-washy and foolish.

Here's the timeline:

According to Telemaco's agent, Ben Stringfellow, the Phillies called him two days before the deadline with a proposition. Telemaco could have a deal for $600,000 plus incentives or one for $575,000 with more incentives.

Within an hour, after calling his client in the Dominican Republic, Stringfellow called back and accepted the second option. At that point he was told by assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that the Phillies had changed their minds. Not only was that offer no longer on the table, Telemaco would also be non-tendered.

This was particularly upsetting since Telemaco, assuming he would be back with the Phillies, had decided against pitching winter ball to concentrate on working with a personal trainer instead.

Imagine Telemaco's surprise, then, when Amaro called back on December 21 and offered $600,000 with the enhanced incentives package, an offer that was quickly accepted.

The Phillies used a similar tactic with RHP Geoff Geary, non-tendering him one day and then signing him the next to a split contract worth $320,000 if he's in the majors.

Why did it all happen? "It was kind of slim pickings out there," Amaro said, hinting that the Phillies needed room on the 40-man roster for pitchers they expected to become available who were instead offered contracts by their current team.

Notes from Philly:

  • Doug Glanville rejected arbitration. The Phillies have until January 8 to sign him or lose negotiating rights with him until May 1st.
  • Chris Gomez, who was taken in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings, was sold back to the Orioles for a reported $12,500.
  • Aaron Myette was sold to the Sendai Golden Eagles, a Japanese expansion team. He had been signed as a minor league free agent to a Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre contract with an invitation to big league camp.
  • Aaron Fultz, claimed on waivers from the Twins, agreed to a one-year, $550,000 contract.
  • Jorge Padilla was non-tendered, then signed a minor league contract.
  • Lou Collier and Michel Hernandez were non-tendered and became free agents. Collier has since signed a minor league deal with the Phillies.
The numbers game: 803,000 - Hot dogs consumed at Citizens Bank Park in 2004.

He said what? "I don't envision us being a huge player in the remaining market going forward." - General manager Ed Wade, on the likelihood that the Phillies will sign any more free agents.


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