The Major League Baseball 8:00 PM EST deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is up. And the Philadelphia Phillies made some moves. So let’s go over all the moves the Phillies made.
The Phillies tweeted this out at 8:32 PM.
STAYING WITH THE PHILLIES
Seranthony Dominguez: Dominguez did not throw a pitch in 2020 due to a Tommy-John surgery that he had over the summer. Dominguez signed to a one-year deal worth $727,500.
Andrew Knapp: This is Knapp’s second-consecutive year signing to a one-year deal with the Phils. Knapp has been with the Phillies since 2017 and has been a backup since he was called up to the MLB. Knapp signed a one-year deal worth $1.1M.
Hector Neris: Neris will be staying with the Phillies. Neris has been downright awful the last couple seasons and it was not a great decision to bring him back. They could’ve saved the money toward all-star catcher JT Realmuto, but that’s a story for a different day. Neris agreed to a one-year deal worth $5M.
Zach Eflin: Eflin has been an average pitcher the last few years for the Phils. In 2019 and 2020, he’s been surprisingly good, and he had a career year in 2020 with 4-2 record and a 3.97 ERA. He signed for $4.45M to avoid arbitration.
David Hale: David Hale only pitched 11 innings and was an absolutely terrible reliever in 2020 and does not deserve a contract with the Phillies. I’ll leave it at that. Hale gained a contract to avoid arbitration and will remain with the team for the time being.
Vince Velasquez: Velasquez has been tendered a contract. Velasquez has been very hit or miss over his four-year career here in Philadelphia. Vinny V is set to make $4.3M in 2021, if the season goes on as planned, and who knows with this crazy virus. With the recent cheapness of the Phillies, they probably do not want to pay this much. Let’s hope we see a good Vinny V in 2021 with our new pitching coach Caleb Clotham.
Rhys Hoskins: Hoskins has also been tendered a contract. Hoskins, who’s been with the team since 2017, will remain in Philly. On August 25, 2017, Hoskins became the fastest Major League player to hit nine home runs since his debut, as he hit nine in sixteen games with fifty-four at-bats. Hoskins, the Phillies well known two-hole hitter and first-baseman, will be staying in Philly.
Keep in mind, the Phillies made all of these moves without a general manager.
With the virtual MLB Winter Meetings on its way, there will surely be some news with the Phillies and all-star catcher JT Realmuto. The Phillies also need some pitching too. But with the Phillies, who knows what’ll happen.