By Sam Bush
The Phillies have interest in re-signing Hector Neris and Seranthony Dominguez, president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski said last week.
Neris has generally pitched well over his eight seasons in Philly, though some high-profile blowups and down periods have made him an unreliable choice as closer.
“We’d prefer to bring him back as a non-ninth-inning guy. That would be our hope,” Dombrowski said, and since Neris also expressed an openness to any bullpen role back in September, there would appear to be some common ground.
As for Dominguez, he underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2020 and made it back to pitch one inning in the Phils’ last game of the 2021 season. The Phillies already opted to tender Dominguez a contract last winter in his first year of arbitration eligibility, so it stands to reason that they’d retain him now that he should be healthy to pitch. Dominguez is projected for an $800K salary in 2022.