By Sam Bush
The Phillies are on vacation and the successful National League teams are fighting it out in the playoffs.
Phillies top management is dithering on the future of general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler.
So, what about the players?
Corey Dickerson (above), Tommy Hunter, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Juan Nicasio, Sean Rodríguez, Drew Smyly and Nick Vincent are scheduled to be free agents. Jake Arrieta, Jared Hughes, Pat Neshek and Jason Vargas each have club options or an opt-out clause.
Arrieta can opt out of his contract, but he will not exercise that right following season-ending surgery in August to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. He will make $20 million next season.
Dickerson or Miller will probably return, depending on the price. Hunter is interested in returning, but it would happen only on a heavily incentive-laden deal. Smyly showed enough to warrant an invite to big-league camp on a Minor League contract.
Hughes has a $3 million club option or a $250,000 buyout. He had a 3.91 ERA in 25 appearances with the Phillies, but an alarming 6.47 FIP. If the Phillies think they can fix Hughes, maybe they pick up the option. Vargas has an $8 million club option or a $2 million buyout. His option most likely will be declined. Neshek has a $7 million club option or a $750,000 buyout. His option will be declined.
The Phillies have 15 players eligible for salary arbitration: José Álvarez, Jerad Eickhoff, Zach Eflin, Maikel Franco, Phil Gosselin, César Hernández, Andrew Knapp, Adam Morgan, Mike Morin, Héctor Neris, Blake Parker, Jose Pirela, Edubray Ramos, J.T. Realmuto and Vince Velasquez.
The date to tender contracts to those players is Dec. 2.