Phillies Avoid Arbitration with Remaining Three Players
As Corinne noted on Monday, the Phillies had three outstanding arbitration cases ahead of Friday’s deadline. They’ve agreed to contracts with all three players.
Shortstop Freddy Galvis, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, settled for $2 million with the Phillies on Wednesday, per Jon Heyman. On Thursday night, reliever Jeanmar Gomez settled for $1.4 million in his second year of eligibility, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Finally, starter Jeremy Hellickson settled for $7 million in his third and final year of eligibility, according to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.
MLB Trade Rumors projected respective salaries of $1.9 million, $1.5 million, and $6.6 million. Mostly in the case of Hellickson, the Phillies spent a bit more than expected but given how much money they have with which to play and how little of it is committed to the 2016 roster, it won’t matter.
The Phillies had previously agreed to contracts with two other arbitration eligible players last month, signing outfielder Peter Bourjos for $2 million (projected $1.8 million) and utilityman Andres Blanco for $1.45 million (projected $1 million).
Excluding pre-arb players, the Phillies now have about $77 million committed to 10 players. First baseman Ryan Howard represents about one-third of that expenditure.
The Phillies are also paying Cliff Lee $12.5 million as they bought him out of the final year of his contract in November.