As expected arbitration eligible players Joe Blanton, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Durbin, and Shane Victorino were tendered contracts. All will receive raises from the previous season. It was a no-brainer to keep Blanton, Chooch, and Vic, but the decision to retain Durbin probably stemmed from Ruben's inability to land any relief help yet. Chad is a good guy, and I welcome him back.
Clay Condrey was not tendered a contract, and therefore becomes a free agent. He's been with the club for 4 years, and did a decent job in the mop-up role he was given. 16 wins, 161 games, 189.2 innings, and a 3.65 ERA during his time here. I'll miss him.
A couple weeks ago I reported on the minor league additions of DeWayne Wise and Wilson Valdez, and today I add some to that list. Former Pirate outfielder Chris Duffy has been invited to spring training. The man looks like a mini-Dykstra, so keep your fingers crossed and hope for Phucco status. Utility infielder Cody Ransom is also a non-roster spring invitee that brings some depth to the organization. He was the Yankees Opening Day starter at 3rd base last year in A-Rod's absence.