Get happy, folks. Today is the day where the Phillies are going to make decisions about which of their arbitration eligible player they would like to tender a contract to. The deadline to do so is 8:00 p.m., so that means we have to wait until about 7:58 before any announcement are made. In case you forget:
8 p.m. ET Friday is the tender deadline. The Phillies have 12(!) arb-eligible players:— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) November 29, 2018
Aaron Altherr, Luis Avilan, Justin Bour, Jerad Eickhoff, Pedro Florimon, Maikel Franco, Luis Garcia, Cesar Hernandez, Adam Morgan, Hector Neris, Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez
This is who the Phillies need to make decisions on. Of course, we already know one of them:
Florimon was already outrighted and elected free agency. I needed to write these words so that they remain true— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) November 29, 2018
Thank goodness that happened. If you forgot how much each is projected to make:
For reference, here is everyone's projected salary (from B-Ref, via MLBTR) pic.twitter.com/KkU93MOxQy— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) November 29, 2018
So there you have it. You are up to date. Keep checking back here to see if anything happened throughout the day.
Update: Bour and Avilan are gone
The Phillies have non-tendered 1B Justin Bour and LHP Luis Avilan.— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) December 1, 2018
Analysis: These moves aren’t surprises. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that Luis Garcia was not included. Sure, he won’t be breaking the bank next year, as the arbitration estimates a few tweets above this space have him making just shy of $2 million. But, it really did seem like Garcia was bound to be non-tendered, due in part to a numbers game. A change of scenery could still be in the offing for Garcia via trade, so stay tuned.
Bour, who came to the Phillies in mid-August from Miami, never made much of an impact. His arbitration number probably would have come in around $5 million, a bit pricey for a bench bat. With Carlos Santana and Rhys Hoskins already on this roster, there was certainly no need for Bour at that number. It’s probably too early for a Darick Hall or Austin Listi sighting, so someone in the Matt Stairs mold makes sense for 2019. Bour would slot in well as a DH in the AL.
Avilan tossed just 5 2⁄3 innings for the Phillies in 12 appearances. He’s had some control issues throughout his career, and the Phillies are choosing to play the market and see what’s out there. With Adam Morgan being tendered a contract, the Phillies have at least one lefty for 2019. We’ll see what they may find in the trade market or free agency. - Victor Filoromo