The bullpen appears to be the place that the Phillies most need attention, they still don’t have that combination in the pen that people have a warm and fuzzy feeling about. Hector Neris is still the closer for the team, Neris was 3-6 last year, he made $1.8M last year, he is 2nd year arbitration eligible this season. It’s estimated he may stand to make $4.7M this season.
There’s still been talk about names like Kris Bryant and Nolen Arenado, but the Phillies are basically right near an approximate salary total of $185M with a lot of players getting paid big bucks by the Phillies to play baseball, being topped by Bryce Harper with his $27,538,462 pay this year.
JT Realmuto is expected to earn around $10.3M this season, if the Phillies can’t reach a longer term deal with him of course. So, the team is really filling out with it’s share of big money earning ballplayers, with Arrieta, Wheeler, and Harper all earning $20M or more for the 2020 season.
The Phillies picked up Jay Bruce on June 2nd 2019 and will have him for 2020 at a $14M tab. He appeared in 31 games last year for the Phillies.