The Phillies and Eric Bruntlett avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $600,000 deal. Ryan Howard is the only remaining arbitration-eligible Phil.

The article linked above also says that the Phillies designated Anderson Garcia for assignment to make room for Feliz on the 40-man roster. Garcia made one appearance with the Phillies, which came in 2007. On July 7 in Colorado he started the seventh with the Phils down 5-3 and gave up two hits in 2/3 of an inning.

This article suggests that the Phils are “trying to get to the finish line” with Kris Benson and that today is an important day in the negotiations with Benson scheduled to pitch for other teams tomorrow.

Anibal Sanchez says he may be healthy enough to join the Marlins rotation around the All-Star break.

A reader sent an email suggesting more attention should be being given to all the home runs that Johan Santana gave up last year. I’m here to help. Last year Johan Santana led the AL in home runs allowed, surrendering 33. Not only that, if you look at his hits, walks and home runs allowed per nine innings over the past three years, things have been deteriorating:


H/9

BB/9

HR/9
2005 6.99 1.75 0.85
2006 7.16 1.81 0.92
2007 7.52 2.14 1.36

And if that’s not enough, last year he only finished fifth in Cy Young voting, which was his worst showing since 2003.

The next update to Philliesflow will be on Tuesday.