Daniel Nava has been a pleasant surprise on this Phillies team, the Phils may want to keep a few guys around like him even after the trade deadline
The Phillies payroll looked like a bargain basement team this year until upper management added a few free agents to round out this team and beef up the payroll to an Opening Day sum of $100M for 2017.
Last year the Opening Day payroll was $88M as the Phillies didn’t elect to go out and add a few free agents to join the mix of that team,
If management didn’t add the likes of Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders just prior to the start of Spring Training, you could have been right near the point of last year’s payroll, the combination of those players cost the Phils of $18M this season for both.
The bulk of the Phillies salary though rests in Jeremy Hellickson’s hands, he accepted the $17.2M offer from the Phillies due to the lack of him getting a multi-year deal somewhere else. So, he is responsible for 17 percent of the Phillies total salary.
Now, at almost the All-Star Break, Saunders has been released from the team, as he didn’t do as well as expected, the Phils still paying for his $8M salary this year and a $1M salary for next year. Kendrick has done well, he’s been mentioned as a possible trade candidate, but he’s been injured a couple of times too so far this season.
As of right now, the Phillies only have Odubel Herrera signed beyond this season, having given him a guaranteed $30.5M over 5 years and an incentive to earn $24M beyond that. Of course he has had plenty of troubles this season, his play on the field has been lackadaisical and at times, just plain bad. So, it will be interesting to see what happens with him beyond this season.
There is a ton of talent in the AAA level right now for the Phillies, if you listen to the talk about them, the future for the Major League club sounds great if all these players were to get promotions to the Phils like the team’s number 4 prospect did already, Nick Williams. Williams has shown a lot of humbleness being called up, and has made a small impact on this team already. He’s currently batting .273 in 22 AB so far.
Where do the Phillies go from here? Rumor had it that the team is looking to add a major free agent in the near future. Pitching and batting have been very bad though lately, the Phils are 29th in the MLB in runs scored, and 28th in OBP. Pitching is ranked 23rd in ERA out of all 30 teams, and Batting Average Against is .269 which is 25th in the league.
Who makes what on the Phillies for 2017-
(thanks to baseball-reference for this)
|Jeremy Hellickson||30||8||Traded||6.045||Boras Corporation||1 yr/$17.2M (17)||$17.2M||FA|
|Clay Buchholz||32||11||Traded||8.059||ISE Baseball||7 yrs/$56.75M (11-17)||$13.5M||FA|
|Howie Kendrick||33||12||Traded||10.091||Larry Reynolds||2 yrs/$20M (16-17)||$10M||FA|
|Joaquin Benoit||39||16||Free Agency||14.040||Levinsons||1 yr/$7.5M (17)||$7.5M||FA|
|Pat Neshek||36||11||Traded||8.159||Meister Sports Ma…||3 yrs/$18.5M (15-17)||$6.5M||FA|
|Freddy Galvis||27||6||Amateur Free Agent||4.021||The Legacy Agency||1 yr/$4.35M (17)||$4.35M||Arb|
|Andres Blanco||33||10||Free Agency||6.007||ISE Baseball||1 yr/$3M (17)||$3M||FA|
|Cesar Hernandez||27||5||Amateur Free Agent||2.154||Octagon||1 yr/$2.55M (17)||$2.55M||Arb|
|Odubel Herrera||25||3||Rule 5 Draft||2.000||Victor Tranquillo…||5 yrs/$30.5M (17-21) & 22-23 team option||$1.6M||$3.35M|
|Daniel Nava||34||7||Free Agency||5.024||ISE Baseball||1 yr/$1.35M (17)||$1.35M||FA|
|Casey Fien||33||8||Purchased||4.118||Wasserman Media G…||1 yr/$1.1M (17)||$1.1M||Arb|
|Cameron Rupp||28||5||Amateur Draft||2.089||Octagon||1 yr/$565k (17)||$565k||Arb|
|Maikel Franco||24||4||Amateur Free Agent||1.170||BTI Sports||1 yr/$560k (17)||$560k||Arb|
|Hector Neris||28||4||Amateur Free Agent||1.104||1 yr/$558k (17)||$557.5k||Pre-Arb|
|Jerad Eickhoff||26||3||Traded||1.045||The Legacy Agency||1 yr/$552k (17),1 yr/$552k (17)||$552k||Pre-Arb|
|Vince Velasquez||25||3||Traded||1.086||Paragon Sports In…||1 yr/$547k (17),1 yr/$547k (17)||$547k||Pre-Arb|
|Aaron Nola||24||3||Amateur Draft||1.076||Paragon Sports In…||1 yr/$544k (17)||$544k||Pre-Arb|
|Tommy Joseph||25||2||Traded||0.143||1 yr/$543k (17)||$543k||Pre-Arb|
|Edubray Ramos||24||2||Free Agency||0.101||1 yr/$540k (17),1 yr/$540k (17)||$540k||Pre-Arb|
|Adam Morgan||27||3||Amateur Draft||1.054||CAA Sports||1 yr/$539k (17)||$539k||Pre-Arb|
|Aaron Altherr||26||4||Amateur Draft||1.054||All Bases Covered…||1 yr/$539k (17)||$538.5k||Pre-Arb|
|Ty Kelly||28||2||Purchased||0.076||1 yr/$537k (17)||$537.21k||Pre-Arb|
|Cesar Ramos||33||8||5.095||Wasserman Media G…||Arb|
|Pedro Florimon||30||6||2.080||Martin Arburua|
|Luis Garcia||30||5||Free Agency||2.017||Topline Sports an…|
|Pedro Beato||30||4||1.169||Excel Sports Mana…|
|Michael Mariot||28||3||Waivers||1.057||Arland Sports|
|Pat Venditte||32||2||1.017||Marc Kligman|
|Colton Murray||27||2||Amateur Draft||0.113|
|Roman Quinn||24||1st||Amateur Draft||0.022|
|Payroll (no options)||Est.||Est.||Est.||Est.||Est.||Est.||$41.6M|