Phillies players reaching free agency

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Free agents hit the market the day after the World Series ends and the Phillies have nearly a dozen players coming off their books.

While players cannot sign with a new team until five days after the World Series ends, they can re-sign with their team, as closer Edwin Diaz did with the Mets.

The same five-day window applies to decisions on contract options. Zach Eflin declined his portion of a $15 million mutual option and is a free agent. Aaron Nola's $16 million team option was picked up. Both were expected.

Jean Segura ($17 million team option) is likely to become a free agent.

Noah Syndergaard, Kyle Gibson, David Robertson, Brad Hand, Corey Knebel, Johan Camargo and Chris Devenski become free agents.

Odubel Herrera, Jeurys Familia and Didi Gregorius were let go by the Phillies months ago but now their contracts have officially expired. 

Gregorius made just over $15 million in 2022. Segura made $14.85 million. Those two alone free up nearly $30 million.

Knebel made $10 million. 

Gibson made just under $7.7 million.

Hand and Familia made $6 million apiece.

Eflin made $5.7 million.

Camargo made $1.4 million.

Syndergaard earned $21 million and the Phillies were on the hook for about a third of it after acquiring him at the trade deadline. They also paid roughly a third of the $3.5 million Robertson made. 

Add it all together and that’s an estimated $75 million coming off of the Phillies’ payroll, excluding raises due to arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration players. Certainly enough money to plug holes, fill out the rotation and bullpen and perhaps even splurge on a big-ticket free agent like Trea Turner or Xander Bogaerts.

The Phillies have two other players entering their final year of salary arbitration in Rhys Hoskins and Jose Alvarado. Hoskins made $7.7 million in 2022 and Alvarado made $1.75 million. Both would be due raises.

It will be the first year of arbitration eligibility for Ranger Suarez, Edmundo Sosa and Sam Coonrod. Suarez cannot become a free agent until after the 2026 season.

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