Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Spring Training on Thursday, and the Phillies locked up one of their young pitchers for the next two years.
The Phillies announced that they have signed Seranthony Domínguez to a two-year contract with a club option for 2025.
This is even more important as the Phillies got this done the day before possible arbitration hearings.
The deal buys out the team’s best right-handed reliever’s last two seasons of arbitration eligibility. Also, it gives the Phillies the option to have Domínguez for one additional season as the 2025 club option covers his first year of free agency.
The deal guarantees Domínguez $7.5 million over two years. He will make $2.5 million in 2023 and $4.25 million in 2024.
The club option for 2025 is worth $8 million with a $500,000 buyout if the Phillies do not pick it up. But if Domínguez is still pitching like he was in 2022 in 2025, the decision to pick up the option is a no-brainer for the Phils.
Domínguez, 28, was exceptional in his first full season back after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went 6-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 51 innings during the regular season in 2022 and became a trustworthy late-inning arm for manager Rob Thomson. He also recorded a 1.69 ERA with 18 strikeouts and one walk over 10 2/3 innings in the postseason.
When seeing this, all you can say is, “Yes Ser(anthony)!”