Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Mets 0

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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Mets 0

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NEW YORK -- Kyle Kendrick pitched the second shutout of his career as the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field on Friday night.

Michael Young and Ryan Howard had the big hits.

The Phillies are 10-14.

The Mets are 10-11.

Starting pitching report
Kendrick (2-1) allowed just three singles and a walk. He struck out five. He threw 107 pitches.

For his career, Kendrick is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA in six games (four starts) at Citi Field.

Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee (1-4) allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings. Four of the hits and all of the runs came in the sixth inning. Jimmy Rollins started that inning with a single.

Gee has lost twice to the Phillies this season. He has given up 11 runs and four homers in nine innings.

Bullpen report
After struggling the previous two games, the Phillies’ bullpen got the night off.

At the plate
For the fourth game in a row, the Phils had a situation in which they had runners at the corners and no outs. For the first time, they scored on one of these situations as Young singled home Rollins in the sixth. Howard followed with a long, three-run home run to center. Howard’s third home run of the season was his 36th career longball against the Mets.

Young had three hits and is hitting .333.

In the field
Mets rightfielder Mike Baxter lost a fly ball from Laynce Nix in the lights and it went for a double.

Ruiz update
Carlos Ruiz played for Double A Reading on Friday night (see story). He will play for Reading again Saturday night and be activated for Sunday’s game against the Mets. Asked if Ruiz would start Sunday’s game, manager Charlie Manuel said, “More than likely.” Cole Hamels will pitch Sunday.

Umpire ill
A three-man umpiring crew worked the bulk of the game after home plate umpire Brian O’Nora left in the first inning with flu-like symptoms.

Up next
Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 3.38) makes his second big-league start Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum, who will be making his season debut.

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.