The Phillies and backup catcher Andrew Knapp have agreed on a one-year deal worth $700-thousand, avoiding arbitration. Knapp is in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The deadline to offer arbitration eligible players a qualifying contract is 8 p.m. tonight. The Phillies have eight players who still have to be offered deals, signed to deals or be officially non-tendered and become free agents. Players have to have three years of MLB service time or qualify under the “super two” category for players with close to three-years of time. Knapp reached the three-year mark this past season.
The Phillies drafted Knapp out of the University of California – Berkeley, after drafting him in the second round of the 2013 Draft. In 214 major league games with the Phillies, Knapp has a career line of 9-36-.223/.327/.336 with the Phillies. While not known as a strong bat off the bench, Knapp does have good defensive numbers behind the plate and works well with pitchers on the staff, which has kept him in the majors.
With rosters expanding to 26 this coming season, it’s possible that the Phillies will consider signing a third catcher to help backup starter J.T. Realmuto and give the team another bigger bat off the bench.
Source says #Phillies avoided arbitration with Andrew Knapp, agreeing on a one-year, $710,000 contract.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 2, 2019
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The Phillies also have pitchers Jose Alvarez, Zach Eflin, Adam Morgan, Hector Neris and Vince Velasquez, infielders Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez and catcher J.T. Realmuto to make decisions on prior to the deadline. It’s likely that all of the players with the possible exceptions of Franco and Hernandez will be offered deals or signed to deals by the deadline. The Phillies and Realmuto are thought to be negotiating a long-term contract extension. Any players not offered qualifying contract offers or signed will become free agents immediately following the deadline.
Players who are arbitration eligible can also be traded by the deadline, but the team acquiring them must them offer them a contract by the deadline.