3 Phillies Players Least Likely to Still Be on the Roster by the End of 2020
By Max Staley
The Philadelphia Phillies underwhelmed last season, finishing .500 and fourth in the NL East. While they've attempted to reload by signing Zack Wheeler and Didi Gregorius in free agency, the team will likely need to continue making moves to get back into postseason contention.
Those moves don't come without a cost, though. With that in mind, here are players that might not stay in Philadelphia for the duration of the 2020 MLB season.
3. Jean Segura, SS
After coming off a 2018 All-Star appearance, Jean Segura had an up-and-down season in Philadelphia last year. His batting average fell from .304 to .280 and he only swiped 10 bases – his lowest total since 2012. With shortstop Gregorius now on the team, it looks like Segura could be playing third base for the Phillies. Top prospect Alec Bohm is also a third baseman, and that could mean Segura's days in Philadelphia are numbered.
2. Nick Pivetta, SP
Nick Pivetta hasn't been particularly effective through three seasons in the MLB, never posting an ERA below 4.77. While that 4.77 ERA from 2018 was concerning, his 3.79 fielding-independent pitching (FIP) did give fans reason for optimism. Unfortunately, he fell back off in a big way last season with a 5.47 FIP and a 5.38 ERA. He has been the subject of trade rumors in the past too, and unless he turns it around early this year, the Phillies could pull trigger on a deal by mid-season.
1. Jake Arrieta, SP
When the Phillies signed Jake Arrieta, they thought they were getting an ace. He hasn't exactly been as advertised, never finishing with an ERA below 3.96 through two seasons in Philadelphia. He's also trending in the wrong direction after posting a 4.64 ERA in his age-33 season, which was his worst mark since 2013. He has a team option in 2021, and at this rate it's hard to see Philadelphia picking that up. The team could put him on the block and see if any contender is willing to take a flyer on the former 2015 NL Cy Young winner.
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