Off The Bandwagon's Imperfect Phillies Offseason Plan


$195 million


  • Odubel Herrera – $11.6MM - no
  • Travis Jankowski – $900K - no
  • Zach Eflin – $6.0MM - yes
  • Andrew Knapp – $1.2MM - no
  • Jose Alvarado – $1.9MM - yes
  • Rhys Hoskins – $7.6MM - yes
  • Ronald Torreyes – $1.6MM - no
  • Seranthony Dominguez – $800K - yes
  • Roman Quinn – $700K - yes


  • Andrew McCutchen - $15 million team option ($3 million buyout) - no
  • Odubel Herrera - $11.5 million team option ($2.5 million buyout; can be offered arbitration) - no

Free Agents

  • Steven Matz – 1 yr/$5m - A #5/bullpen guy who should give a 4-ish ERA. I fully expect one of Suarez, Eflin or Gibson to be injured or struggle at some point next year.
  • Hector Neris – 2 yrs/$11.5m - He can still be a very effective 8th inning guy. If his price is more than this, I move on and target a Kendall Graveman type.
  • Corey Knebel – 3 yrs/$21m - Meet your new Phillies closer. Please be better than the last...however many it's been since someone effective.
  • Josh Harrison – 1 yr/$1.5m - A bench bat that can play infield & corner outfield positions. He doesn't have Brad Miller's power bat, but he doesn't cost Brad Miller money.
  • Scott Alexander – 1 yrs/$1m - Lefty reliever just cut loose by LAD. If healthy, he's very one of the best at inducing soft contact. Injuries have been a concern in his career, but I'm still taking the risk.


  • Phillies acquire Ketel Marte from ARI for Andrew Painter (#3 prospect), Jhailyn Ortiz (#10 prospect) and Kyle Dohy (#27 prospect) - Marte is going to be my new CF and leadoff hitter. The price might be high, but for what he offers with the bat and with 2 option years on his contract, it's well worth it. The DBacks are going nowhere, so I think they'd be apt to trading him.

The roster

SP1: Wheeler 26,000,000
SP2: Nola 15,500,000
SP3: Suarez 578,000
SP4: Eflin 6,000,000
SP5: Gibson 7,666,667
SP/RP: Steven Matz 5,000,000 1yr/$5m
RP: Alvarado 1,900,000
RP: Dominguez 800,000
RP: Coonrod 578,000
RP: Brogdon 578,000
RP: Scott Alexander 1,000,000 1 yr/$1m
RP: Neris 5,750,000 2 yrs/$11.5m
CP: Corey Knebel 7,000,000 3yr/$21m
C: Realmuto 23,875,000
1B: Hoskins 7,600,000
2B: Segura 14,850,000
SS: Gregorius 15,250,000
3B: Bohm 578,000
LF: Vierling 563,500
CF: Ketel Marte 8,400,000 trade
RF: Harper 27,538,462
Bench: Stott 578,000
Bench: Quinn 700,000
Bench: Marchan 578,000
Bench: Haseley 578,000
Bench: Josh Harrison 1,500,000
Other: Herrera 2,500,000
McCutchen 3,000,000
Kingery 6,250,000
Other 40 man (minors) 2,250,000
194,939,629 Total
195,000,000 Budget

Note: Bryson Stott is on the "bench" but I'm starting him 3-4 games a week.


I think this is a team that contends for the division. Defense is still...not great. But I'm hoping that the offense and pitching makes up for it. My big addition (Marte) doesn't have good defensive metrics in CF. I don't think Gregorius or Segura can be moved while making the team better. I'm just hoping Gregorius has a bounce back year offensively and that there's a DH so that I can move him to 2B, 3B or DH and start Stott regularly.