The Major League Baseball off-season is off to its typical slow start. Aside from some trades, there have not been any blockbuster moves thus far. Guys like Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, and Carlos Correa aren’t expected to sign any time soon.
While the Phils play the waiting game on these bigger names, Dave Dombrowski has been doing some work. The President of Baseball Operations has been tinkering with players who are still on the club but currently await arbitration.
Philadelphia tendered offers to Seranthony Dominguez, Jose Alvarado, Rhys Hoskins, Edmundo Sosa, and Ranger Suarez. This means that if the Phillies cannot agree on a deal with these players, they will take things to a baseball court, and the contract will be played out there.
The Phillies did, however, agree to terms with right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod. The veteran missed mostly all of 2022 with an injury, but the team hopes for Sam to bounce back in 2023. The team avoided arbitration with Coonrod and signed a $775,000 deal for next season.
What to expect next from the Phillies
Do not take the off-season’s quiet nature as a sign that the Phillies are inactive. The Phils have already made small moves that could help next year’s club. Until the bigger names in free agency start to fall, the off-season will progress at a slow pace.
The Rule 5 draft will take place in December, and the Winter Meetings. These meetings are notorious for trades and signings, and there is potential that some big names will come off the board around this time. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the Holidays with a 200 million-dollar contract?
Until there is a move, we will not know when the Phillies will strike. Keep your ears peeled however because the beauty of the off-season means that anything can happen.
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