PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies offered no surprises Thursday, when they tendered contracts to Kyle Kendrick and Ben Francisco.
Both figured into their 2011 plans.
Kendrick and Francisco are both eligible for salary arbitration, and both should receive sizeable increases from the $480,000 and $470,000 they made last season, respectively.
Philadelphia has very little starting pitching depth, so it would have been a risk to non-tender Kendrick, which would have allowed him to become a free agent. If he then would have signed elsewhere, it would have left right-hander Vance Worley as the favorite for the fifth starter's job.
Francisco was a no-brainer. If free agent Jayson Werth signs elsewhere, as expected, it is believed Francisco could platoon in right field with Domonic Brown or Ross Gload.
It is worth noting the Atlanta Braves non-tendered outfielder Matt Diaz. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is a big fan of Diaz, a right-handed bat with a history of success against left-handed pitching. Philadelphia might consider adding him to the roster to help soften the blow of losing Werth.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.