3 Players Who Won't Be on the Phillies Roster Next Season
By michael obermuller
After all the money the Philadelphia Phillies spent during the 2018-19 offseason, they have yet to make the playoffs in the two years that have followed. This most recent offseason, they even brought in a big-money manager in Joe Girardi, but it didn't change the end result as they watched the Atlanta Braves win the NL East for the third straight season.
Now a couple of these large contracts are up, and the Phillies have some major decisions to make on the direction of this franchise. Here are three Philadelphia players that may not make it to the 2021 roster.
3. Tommy Hunter, RP
Didi Gregorius was another candidate for the third spot, but it actually feels more likely that the shortstop sticks with his old manager. Relief pitchers come and go however, and Tommy Hunter has been moving around his entire career. Although he spent the last three seasons with Philadelphia, he has pitched for six different franchises. With a 4.01 ERA over his age 34 season, Hunter still has value out of the pen. He'll try and make the most of this free agency period, as it might be one of his last chances to cash in on any previous success.
2. Jay Bruce, RF/1B
The veteran bat was simply brought in as a trade deadline mercenary in 2019, but he never really provided much punch for the Phillies when they decided to keep him for 2020. As a free agent in 2021, Jay Bruce will try and latch on with someone who needs depth at corner outfield, first base, or designated hitter. He batted just .198 over the abbreviated season, with 6 home runs and 14 RBI.
1. J.T. Realmuto, C
New York Mets fans are already eyeing J.T. Realmuto as a player to swipe away from the rival Phillies, now that they officially have the richest owner in all of baseball. The top all-around catcher in the MLB will reset the free agent market for his position, and although Bryce Harper has pushed management to bring Realmuto back, Philadelphia has made no efforts to do so. Realmuto will likely price himself out of Philadelphia, and since they didn't make the playoffs with him, it's hard to believe they will sacrifice so much of their cap to retain him.
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