Garcia, Avilan among Phils' non-tender decisions

Friday deadline offers sneak peek at Philadelphia's offseason plan

November 28th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA -- Everyone is waiting for the Phillies to make their first move in a highly anticipated offseason, but at the very least, Philadelphia will clear room for at least one more player on its 40-man roster by 8 p.m. ET on Friday.

First baseman will not be tendered a contract. He has already cleared waivers. The Phillies could have released him, but teams cannot re-sign players they release in the offseason. While it seems highly unlikely Philadelphia will re-sign Bour at any point, especially with and still on the roster, the Phils can at least keep their options open.

Bour is the only certainty to be non-tendered, but right-hander and left-hander are candidates worth watching.

Garcia, 31, went 3-1 with a 6.07 ERA in 59 appearances last season. He made $1.2 million and posted a 3.51 FIP, which means there is a chance the Phillies could roll the dice to see which Garcia shows up in Spring Training.

Avilan, 29, posted a 3.18 ERA in 12 appearances with the Phillies after being acquired on Aug. 22 in a trade with the White Sox. He made $2.45 million, but the Phils are pursuing free-agent left-handers and Zach Britton, which could make Avilan expendable.

Outfielder , 27, struggled last season, batting .181 with eight home runs, 38 RBIs and a .628 OPS in 285 plate appearances, but Philadelphia likes his upside enough to bring him back. Right-hander , 28, has missed much of the past two seasons because of injuries, but when he is healthy, he has been effective.

Other arbitration-eligible players include right-handers , Vince Velasquez and , left-hander , and infielders and . They will be tendered deals.