The Phillies came into the offseason with six players – Jose Alvarado, Seranthony Dominguez, Rhys Hoskins, Edmundo Sosa, Gregory Soto, and Ranger Suarez – eligible for arbitrationn. On the final day to reach agreements with players before the two sides exchanged figures for a new deal, the Phillies and four of the players reached deals for the upcoming season.
Hoskins was the big dollar signing, getting a one-year deal worth $12-million. The Phillies starting first baseman is eligible for free agency following the season and produced a line of 30-79-.246/.332/.462 last season. Also signing one-year deals were Soto ($3.925-million), Suarez ($2.95-million), and Sosa ($950-thousand).
Soto was recently acquired from the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Matt Vierling, infielder Nick Maton and catcher Donny Sands. Last season with the Tigers, Soto pitched 60.1 innings, with a record of 2-11 and 30 saves to go with a 3.28 ERA. He struck out 60 batters over his span of innings but walked 34. The lefty reliever is not eligible for free agency until following the 2025 season.
Suarez had his best season of his career in 2022 when he returned full-time to the Phillies starting rotation, making 29 starts. Over 155.1 innings, Suarez went 10-7 with a 3.65 ERA, striking out 129 batters, while walking 58. The Phillies are counting on Suarez to be their number-three starter this season behind Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler. Suarez is also eligible for free agency after the 2025 season.
Sosa was acquired from the Cardinals just prior to the trade deadline this past season and is known primarily as a defensive player able to play throughout the infield. Sosa showed improved offensive numbers last season with the Phillies under the tutelage of hitting coach Kevin Long. This was Sosa’s first run through the arbitration process.
The Phillies were unable to reach deals with Alvarado and Dominguez prior to the deadline to exchange salary requests. Dominguez, the de facto closer for the Phillies, is asking for $2.9-million, while the Phillies are offering $800-thousand less. Alvarado, one of the top left-handed relievers in the league, is only $500-thousand away from an agreement with the team. The Phillies offered $3.2-million, but Alvarado is looking for a raise to $3.7-million.
The process allows for the two sides to continue negotiating up until the time of their hearing. The hearings will be scheduled during spring training.