Phillies Decline Arbitration For Endy Chavez

Not surprisingly, the Phillies offered arbitration to pitcher Brett Myers and outfielder Jason Michaels on Tuesday. It also wasn't too surprising that they declined to offer arbitration to outfielder Endy Chavez, who didn't play a large role on the 2005 Phillies.

Endy Chavez came to the Phillies in one of those "change of scenery" deals with the Washington Nationals. The Phillies sent unhappy outfielder Marlon Byrd to Washington to get the unhappy Chavez in return. That was on May 14th and over the rest of the season, Chavez hit just .215 in 107 at bats with the Phillies.

Meanwhile, Shane Victorino was on his way to being awarded the MVP Award for the International League. With Victorino emerging, there wasn't much room in a crowded outfield for Chavez to survive in Philadelphia.

Brett Myers also emerged last season and went 13-8 with a 3.72 ERA for the Phillies. That performance will guarantee him a decent raise either signing a new deal with the Phillies or in arbitration. Myers made $445,000 last season and should be around the $2 million mark for 2006.

Jason Michaels had some off the field issues after punching a Philadelphia police officer in a scuffle outside a night club. On the field though Michaels turned in decente numbers and will also see a nice raise from his $825,000 salary from 2005. It's expected that Michaels, who hit .304 while sharing center field duties with Kenny Lofton, will cross the $1 million mark for his next deal. Michaels has been a constant part of trade rumors during the off-season and could potentially still be involved in discussions with other clubs. The Yankees were thought to be very interested in Michaels, but their signing of free agent outfielder Johnny Damon will likely kill their interest in Michaels or at least dampen it.

The Phillies outfield figures to have Pat Burrell returning in left field and Bobby Abreu returning in right field. Center field will be taken over by Aaron Rowand, who was acquired from the White Sox in a trade for first baseman Jim Thome. Michaels and Victorino figure to be the utility outfielders.

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