Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Mets 1

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Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Mets 1

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NEW YORK – Cliff Lee pitched a gem and rookie Cody Asche had the big hit in the Phillies’ 2-1 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Monday night.

The win was the Phillies’ seventh in the last nine games under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.

The Phils are 8-5 against the Mets this season.

Starting pitching report
Lee was brilliant. He went eight innings, allowed five hits and one run. He walked one and struck out seven. The left-hander is 11-3 with a 3.07 ERA. This was his first win since July 5.

Lee got his biggest out on his 121st and final pitch. He struck out Juan Lagares on a full-count fastball with two men on base to end the eighth inning and exit the game with a one-run lead.

Lee is 4-1 in six career starts at Citi Field.

Hard-throwing Mets’ right-hander Zack Wheeler allowed five hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Bullpen report
Jonathan Papelbon had his 22nd save for the Phillies.

At the plate
Asche has hit in eight straight games. His two-run triple with two outs in the fourth was the difference in the game.

Marlon Byrd led off the second with a double and scored the Mets’ lone run on a single by Andrew Brown.

The Phillies had just six hits. The Mets had just five.

Asche and Michael Young had two hits each.

Health check
Domonic Brown remains day to day with a sore right Achilles tendon. Casper Wells has a vision problem. The Mets have shut down ace Matt Harvey (see story).

Up next
Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51) opposes lefty Jonathon Niese (5-6, 4.03) on Tuesday night.

Sources: Phillies close to signing reliever Joaquin Benoit

Sources: Phillies close to signing reliever Joaquin Benoit

WASHINGTON – It looks as if the Phillies will have some action at the winter meetings.

The team is close to signing veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit, sources tell CSNPhilly.com. The winter meetings officially begin on Monday. The signing is expected to be announced before the meetings end on Thursday.

Benoit, 39, is a veteran of 15 seasons in the majors. He is coming off a strong 2016 season in which he pitched in 51 games for Seattle and Toronto and recorded a 2.81 ERA.

Benoit began the 2016 season with the Mariners and had a 5.18 ERA in 26 games. He was traded to Toronto in July and gave up just one run in 23 2/3 innings over 25 games, but did not pitch in the postseason after suffering a torn calf muscle in late September.

The right-hander has pitched for six teams in his career and has a lifetime 3.79 ERA in 712 games.

Entering the offseason, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said he wanted to improve the bullpen. He opened the offseason by trading for veteran right-hander Pat Neshek and last week claimed lefty David Rollins off waivers from Texas. Now, Klentak is poised to add Benoit.

Benoit has mostly pitched in a setup role in his career, but he does have closer experience. It is unclear what role he’d pitch in for the Phillies. The Phils have Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris returning to the back of their bullpen in 2017. Benoit could complement that pair or the Phillies could choose to trade Gomez or Neris.

Neris pitched in 79 games in 2016 and had a 2.58 ERA, so the Phillies would only deal him if they were to get a strong package of talent in return.

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
 
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
 
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
 
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
 
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
 
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.