This has been a tough week for players – primarily relievers – on the Phillies 40-man roster. With six relievers either declaring for free agency or being outrighted over the past couple of days, the exodus continued today.
Right-handers Hector Neris and David Phelps had their contract options for 2021 declined by the Phillies. Neris was set to make $7-million plus incentives next season had the Phillies picked up his contract option. The 31-year old has had varying success as the Phillies closer and finished the 2020 season with a 4.57 ERA and five saves in 24 relief appearances.
Neris technically remains with the Phillies and will now be eligible for arbitration. It’s not likely that the Phillies will go to arbitration with Neris since he could be awarded a deal somewhere in the range of the $7-million he was ticketed to make. Instead, it’s likely that Neris will be non-tendered and become a free agent.
The Phillies elected to give Phelps a $250-thousand buyout rather than take on his $4.5-million contract for 2021. Unlike Neris, Phelps automatically becomes a free agent in search of a deal.
The Phillies also announced that right-hander Blake Parker and utility man Phil Gosselin were also both outrighted from the roster. Parker was effective for the Phillies in 2020, finishing with a 3-0 record and a 2.81 ERA in one start and 13 relief appearances with the Phillies. Gosselin was an impressive bat off the bench for the Phillies, but ultimately finished with a .250 average after a late season slide. The 32-year old hit .278/.371/.444 against left-handers last season and .286/.375/.429 in eight plate appearances as a pinch-hitter.
Parker and Gosselin both elected to become free agents, as did relievers Heath Hembree and Adam Morgan, who were both outrighted yesterday.