Predicting how 2020 Phillies pitchers will do in free agency
Southpaw reliever Adam Morgan struggled mightily in 2020, and the Phillies elected not to tender him a contract in what would have been his third year of arbitration. However, while the Phillies decided that Morgan wasn’t worth the $2 million or so that he would have made in arbitration, he is still a talented pitcher with the potential to succeed in a lefty specialist role.
The Phillies could very well bring Morgan back on a cheaper deal, given their left-handed pitching depth is scarce.
My prediction: 1 year, $800,000
Similar to Hembree, RHP Brandon Workman absolutely tanked his value since the midseason trade from the Boston Red Sox. Based on his 2019 numbers, all Workman had to do was pitch competently in 2020 and he could have earned a multi-year contract this offseason.
However, Workman wasn’t nearly as bad as Hembree, and he’s shown the potential to be a top-of-the-line reliever. I think he’ll be able to secure a major league deal.
My prediction: 1 year, $1.5 million
When the Phillies traded for RHP David Phelps from the Milwaukee Brewers, they were surely counting on exercising his team-friendly $4.5 million option. Unfortunately, he was so bad for the team that he was no longer worth $4.5 million by season’s end.
However, with his strong track record, Phelps is still a lock to secure a major league contract. He could probably get a two-year deal, but I’m guessing he’ll want to try and re-establish some value with a one-year pact.
My prediction: 1 year, $2.75 million