4 Mistakes the Phillies have already made this offseason

Sep 10, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Starling Marte (2) during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Starling Marte (2) during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /
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Phillies Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber (18) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Not finalizing Kyle Schwarber’s contract

The Phillies and Kyle Schwarber were reportedly close to a deal before MLB’s lockout began on December 2, but couldn’t get it done.

While the mutual interest is there, the unknown of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement was a factor in multiple ways.

Under the CBA that was expiring at the time, the average annual value of a player’s contract is what counts toward’s the team’s luxury tax. Schwarber is looking for a three-year deal in the $60M range. Under the previous CBA, even if the Phillies paid out that $60M in $5M increments for the next 12 years, it would count as $20M/year for three years of luxury tax payrolls, instead.

The next CBA is also almost guaranteed to reimplement the Universal DH, which gives Schwarber, a power-hitter, more suitors than before, and therefore, more competition for the Phillies when the lockout ends.

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