So in my latest TGP Radio podcast, my final segment was concerning the three Phillies who filed for salary arbitration this week. They were Freddy Galvis, Jeanmar Gomez and Jeremy Hellickson.
You can probably just skip past that segment now.
On Thursday, we reported that Galvis had reached a one-year, $2 million deal with the team. Today, Gomez signed a deal for $1.4 million and Hellickson reached a contract that will pay him $7 million in 2016. He made $4.275 million last year for Arizona.
Hellickson is expected to be a member of the starting rotation in 2016, likely slotting in behind Aaron Nola as the team's No.2 starter. Last season he went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 146 innings (27 starts). He struck out 7.5 batters per nine and walked 2.7 with a 1.329 WHIP and a FIP of 4.44. His Baseball Reference WAR (rWAR) put as a replacement-level pitcher, 0.0.
However, Hellickson is a former Rookie of the Year winner, going 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA in 29 starts with the Tampa Bay Rays. In six big league seasons he is 49-48 with a 3.94 ERA and a career WHIP of 1.274. Next year will be his age-29 season.
Fans are still trying to forgive him for hitting Maikel Franco with a fastball last August that ended any hope the young third baseman had of winning Rookie of the Year.
Gomez, 27, had a solid season in his first year with the Phillies last year. He pitched 74 2/3 innings out of the 'pen with a 3.01 ERA. He struck out 6.0 batters per nine and walked just 2.0, but gave up nearly 10 hits per nine innings. His rWAR was 1.3, and he is expected to be a middle reliever out of the Phils' bullpen in 2016.
By agreeing to these one-year deals, all three players avoid the messy process of going to court for salary arbitration.