PHILS MAY LOSE A BUNCH OF FREE AGENTS AFTER THIS SEASON!

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:

Player Position 2020 Salary
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.

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