Six Phillies Pitchers Opt for Free Agency as Offseason Begins
The Phillies' offseason is already underway.
The team was eliminated from the World Series on Saturday and on Sunday, six players are now free agents, all pitchers, including Kyle Gibson, Brad Hand, Corey Knebel, David Robertson, Noah Syndergaard, and Chris Devenski all declared free agency.
It will be interesting to see if the team tries to bring back any of these arms, with Syndergaard may be the most likely.
Gibson was a solid back-end of the rotation starter but was rarely used in the playoff. Hand has an up-and-down season, but was phased out during the World Series after a shaky NLCS. Knebel, who actually led the team in saves, went down with an injury and wasn't the closer the team had hoped when they gave him a one-year deal. Robertson was a key figure in the bullpen, but likely will move on. Devenski appeared in three games after coming over from Arizona.
With Gibson and Syndergaard gone, the team would need to fill two spots in the starting rotation and Hand and Robertson in the bullpen.
Two other big decisions have to be made on Jean Segura ($17 million team option) and Zach Eflin ($15 million mutual option), with both possible candidates to walk and be replaced.
Of the two Eflin is interesting.
He missed a lot of the season with knee issues, but when he returned, gave the team a solid bullpen piece, and with Robertson and Hand gone, the team needs to find some help in that area.
Segura, who had a solid season, can be replaced by Bryson Stott, if the team elects to bring in a big-ticket shortstop. If not, finding someone to replace Segura becomes more difficult. Maybe Edmundo Sosa and Nick Maton see more time there in a platoon.