By Sam Bush
I have no idea if Major League Baseball and its players will reach a deal to start and finish the 2020 season.
But this much is clear:
The Phillies have a boatload of players who will be free agents after this season, play or no play:
|J.T. Realmuto (29)||Catcher||$10 million|
|Didi Gregorius (30)||Shortstop||$14 million|
|Jay Bruce (33)||Outfielder||$14 million|
|Jake Arrieta (34)||Starting pitcher||$20 million|
|Hector Neris (31)||Relief pitcher||$7 million|
|Jose Alvarez (31)||Relief pitcher||$2.9 million|
|David Robertson (35)||Relief pitcher||$11 million|
So, their payroll, now at $177 million, could drop by $78.9 million next season if all of those contracts come off the books.
But, then of course, they would have to replace many if not all of the above, and Realmuto (above) is the best catcher in baseball, which makes him almost irreplaceable.