Avoiding arbitration hearings with players is always something teams look to avoid. We’ve heard stories about how these hearings can cause hurt feelings one the side of one of the parties involved, no matter how much each says it’s all just business. No matter the goodwill built up between the two, one of the sides will say anything to win their case.
The Phillies took a step towards avoiding this with several players today, avoiding that arbitration process with Ranger Suarez and Jeff Hoffman.
Phillies and Ranger Suárez agreed to a $5.05 million salary for 2024 to avoid arbitration. They have four other arb-eligibles who could reach deals today: Alec Bohm, Gregory Soto, Jeff Hoffman and Edmundo Sosa.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) January 11, 2024
Phillies and Jeff Hoffman agreed to a $2.2 million salary for 2024 to avoid arbitration. It's Hoffman's final year of club control; he'll be a free agent next offseason.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) January 11, 2024
Agreeing to terms with Suarez seemed like an easy thing. It’s likely the team was looking at a possible extension with the southpaw before signing him to a one year deal since, well, he’s a pitcher and good ones like him are hard to come by. Giving Hoffman a raise is a big win for the players considering he started the season throwing batting practice to Bryce Harper before he was able to land a permanent job with the Phillies.
As of now, we also know that they agreed to deals with Gregory Soto and Edmundo Sosa, but those terms aren’t public.
The Phillies have agreed to one-year contracts and avoided arbitration with pitchers Jeff Hoffman, Gregory Soto and Ranger Suárez and infielder Edmundo Sosa. The club will exchange salary arbitration figures with infielder Alec Bohm.— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) January 12, 2024
Bohm’s case will be interesting to watch.