Seranthony Dominguez returning to Phillies on a one-year deal
The Philadelphia Phillies have until 8 PM tomorrow to tender contracts to players eligible for salary arbitration.
- Seranthony Dominguez – $900K
- Zach Eflin –$3.7MM
- Rhys Hoskins – $3.4MM
- Andrew Knapp – $1.0MM
- Hector Neris – $5.3MM
- Vince Velasquez – $4.0MM
If the Phillies non-tender any of them, they will become free agents. Seranthony Domínguez, who hasn’t pitched since 2019 after Tommy John surgery was also a non-tender option but a source told MLB.com and Mark Feinsand today that the Phillies and Dominguez have agreed on a one-year deal worth $727,500.
Dominguez will not be ready to return to the mound until August or September 2021. The Phillies signed him for less than what he was owed in arbitration and keep him on the books until next year when he will be eligible again.
As for the rest of the players, Eflin, Hoskins, Knapp, and Neris should be locks to return given the fact that Eflin is slated to be the Phillies’ third starter in the rotation, Hoskins is a centerpiece in the Phillies batting order, and Andrew Knapp will likely be starting behind the plate since the organization can’t seem to make any progress on re-signing JT Realmuto. The Phillies have to bring back Hector Neris too because they don’t have any other bullpen-ready arms in their farm system.
Velasquez and David Hale are the question marks for the Phillies. I would like to see Velasquez return to the club as a bullpen arm. David Hale doesn’t excite me and I’m not really too concerned with what the Phillies decide to do with him.
We’ll keep you updated as the deadline approaches and take a look at other team’s non-tender candidates that the Phillies should consider post-deadline.