Phillies outright 6 players, clearing room on 40-man roster
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to clean house as we head into the winter months of the MLB offseason. After last week, when the team decided to decline club options on both Odubel Herrera and Andrew McCutchen, the team continued to clear room on their 40-man roster Friday night.
Odubel Herrera, Andrew Knapp, Travis Jankowski, Ronald Torreyes, JD Hammer, and Ramon Rosso have all been outrighted and elected free agency. Four of these players, (Herrera, Knapp, Jank, and Toe) were on the list of nine players eligible for arbitration this December. Herrera was bought out last week, but his rights were retained due to arbitration eligibility. Now, with the Phillies outrighting him, they basically jumped the gun and non-tendered him ahead of arbitration.
As for the rest of the players, they could still re-sign with the Phillies at a lower cost, but looking at that list, I really don’t see them doing that with anyone. The only two that stand a chance would be Ronald Torreyes for a bench utility spot and JD Hammer since the Phillies bullpen has more than a few holes heading into 2022.
There are five players left that are still eligible for arbitration.
- Jose Alvarado
- Seranthony Dominguez
- Zach Eflin
- Rhys Hoskins
- Roman Quinn
If I had to guess, three of these players are locks for arbitration. Obviously, Rhys Hoskins, Zach Eflin, and Jose Alvarado will be back. It will be interesting to see what the Phillies do with Seranthony Dominguez and Roman Quinn, two players that have battled injuries. Dominguez is coming back after missing all of last year at the MLB level due to Tommy John surgery and Quinn was injured and sidelined in late May last year with a left Achilles tendon tear.