Fans absolutely hate these Philadelphia Phillies contracts

Jake Arrieta, formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Jake Arrieta, formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Scott Kingery

The Phillies really jumped the gun on this one; they signed Scott Kingery to a massive deal before he had made his MLB debut.

Ahead of his big-league debut in 2018, the Phillies signed him to a six-year deal for $24M, with club options from 2024-26. Essentially, the Phillies thought Kingery was going to be so excellent that they wanted to avoid paying him absurd amounts in arbitration during that span.

Instead, Kingery has hit .229/.280/.387 with a .667 OPS over 324 games for the Phillies, and has only played 51 games over the last two seasons. He was hitting .053 over 19 games when they sent him down to Triple-A in 2021.

It’s hard to see the Phillies wiggling their way out of this deal.

Didi Gregorius

Another case of recency bias for the Phillies, who overlooked Didi Gregorius’ longtime defensive struggles and gave the shortstop a two-year deal for $28M. This is even more absurd when you remember that his first season in Philly was the shortened 2020 season. He did play in all 60 games, but that’s a small sample size to reward with such a hefty contract.

Gregorius followed it up with one of the worst seasons of his career in 2021, and now the Phillies are stuck paying him over $15M in 2022.

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