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7 Phillies become free agents


Brad Miller has become a free agent. (Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

Seven players that appeared in games for the 2021 Philadelphia Phillies have been declared free agents.

The 2021 season concluded Tuesday evening when the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros to capture the World Series title. The MLB Player’s Association subsequently announced Wednesday that 160 players have become free agents; including Freddy Galvis, Archie Bradley, Brad Miller, Matt Moore, Cam Bedrosian, Héctor Neris and Ian Kennedy.

This is simply a procedural announcement, not an indication that any of these players can’t or won’t return to the Phillies. From here, it would be pretty surprising if Neris, the longest-tenured Phillie, doesn’t ultimately return. Miller, Bradley and Galvis could also be candidates for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to fill out the 2022 roster.

The Phillies still have to decide on Andrew McCutchen’s $15 million contract option, and as Mike Axisa of CBS Sports notes, most contract options have to either be picked up or declined within five days of the World Series concluding. It’s likely that the Phillies will decline McCutchen’s option, triggering a $3 million buyout.

In addition to McCutchen’s option, the Phillies will also need to decide whether to pick up or decline Odúbel Herrera’s $11.5 million club option for 2022. It’s all but a lock that Herrera’s option will be declined, but that wouldn’t necessarily end the former All-Star’s time with the Phillies. Herrera, who will turn 30 in December, would return to the arbitration system rather than becoming a free agent. The Phillies would then have to decide whether to tender him a contract for 2022. Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors has projected that Herrera will earn $11.6 million in arbitration. If the Phillies are unable to reach a pact with Herrera for 2022 at a much cheaper price, he’ll probably be non-tendered.

Phillies Nation‘s Jonny Heller has estimated that the Phillies have roughly $28.6 million to work with under the luxury tax threshold this offseason.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Al Rotella

    November 3, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Definitely can Bradley, Herrera and Cutch. Bring Cutch back at pennies on the dollar.

  2. Debbie

    November 3, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Odubel Herrera has to go,he doesn’t listen to the coaches and does the dumbest things in the outfield and doesn’t run when he does hit to 1st base.

  3. Larry Demski

    November 4, 2021 at 10:52 am

    Re-sign Cutch he plays baseballs like it’s supposed to be played, good ball player team leader bad mistake if you don’t re-sign.

  4. Steve

    November 4, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    IT is way past time for the Phillies to change how they do things!
    OUT with the OLD and in with the NEW. USE 2022 to put ripe prospects
    though the test. Ready or Not it’s time to find out. New ideas on
    how to DRAFT and DEVELOP call for this total house cleaning season.
    SEE who STICKS and WHO DOES NOT, But Spend money on F/A QUALITY ARMS!

  5. Rich Hartman

    November 4, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Bring back clutch? Love the guy but at 17 he’s gotta go so we have room to bring in real good players!

  6. Angel Hernandez

    November 4, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Bring back odubel herrera is good player

  7. Walt Tindall

    November 4, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Bring back Church, Herrera and Galvis they are good players

  8. SportsFan0000

    November 5, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Phillies could sign CF Starling Marte (free agent A’s) for cheaper than Castellanos. Marte plays a premium position CF and he is a much better defender than Nick Castellanos. I like Castellanos, but he will be too expensive for the Phillies who need to spread their money around to a lot areas and players. the Phillies have other priorities like CF, bullpen, starting pitching, SS etc…

  9. Mike

    November 5, 2021 at 7:04 am

    I say keep Bradley Kennedy and Miller the rest bye bye

  10. Dennis Lippin

    November 5, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Bradley is injury prone and not worth his money. Herrera just takes up space blocking any of the minor leaguers who could test for center field. McCutcheon can be a part-timer for less money. Galvis is a good fill-in but only for minimum money. Kennedy is a one-pitch donkey and should move-on. Out with old and in with the new. Miller I would keep. Middle of the order bats cannot be had cheaply, unless they are from your own farm system. Good luck with that. How many hitters can the Atlanta Braves keep?

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