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Phillies and ace Aaron Nola are far apart on proposed 2019 salary

Phillies and ace Aaron Nola are far apart on proposed 2019 salary

The Phillies cleared up all of their potential salary arbitration cases except one on Friday. The one they were unable to settle is noteworthy and could be headed to a hearing.

The team did not come to an agreement with ace right-hander Aaron Nola, who is eligible for arbitration for the first time. Because they were unable to come to an agreement, the two sides exchanged potential salary figures on Friday night and there is a wide gulf between the proposals.

Nola is seeking a 2019 salary of $6.75 million. The team filed at $4.5 million. The two sides can continue negotiating toward an agreement, but if one cannot be struck, an arbitration panel will decide Nola's salary by picking one figure or the other during a hearing in early February. The two sides can settle any time before a hearing. Given the wide difference between the two submissions, this matter could very well end up at the table.

Nola, 25, made $573,000 in 2018 and finished third in the National League Cy Young voting. His request is not far off the $7.25 million that Dallas Keuchel got from Houston as a first-time arbitration player in 2016. Keuchel won the American League CyYoung Award the year before. 

It's not out of the question that Nola and the Phillies could be exploring a long-term extension. Nola is the type of young talent the Phillies would like to lock up. General manager Matt Klentak has been asked about the possibility of a long-term deal for Nola and, as a matter of policy, has steadfastly refused comment on the matter.

The Phils had eight other players eligible for arbitration. All settled before exchanging potential salary figures. Those players are pitcher Hector Neris ($1.8 million), pitcher Jerad Eickhoff ($975,000), pitcher Adam Morgan ($1.1 million), pitcher Vince Velasquez ($2.249 million), pitcher Jose Alvarez ($1.925 million), infielder Maikel Franco ($5.2 million) infielder Cesar Hernandez ($7.75 million) and outfielder Aaron Altherr ($1.35 million).

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At The Yard Podcast: Latest on Harper, Machado and one eye on Mike Trout

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At The Yard Podcast: Latest on Harper, Machado and one eye on Mike Trout

On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman and Jim Salisbury discuss the latest with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado's free agency. Which rumors are true? Which rumors are just noise?

What is the potential of the starting rotation? What could the outfield look like with or without Harper?

Also, we're keeping one eye on Mike Trout. When should the Phillies begin their pursuit of the best player in baseball?

1:00 - The latest on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
4:00 - Jim thinks the Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees and Cardinals are in on Harper and/or Machado.
10:00 - Are the White Sox serious contenders for Machado?
15:00 - The guys answer questions from the audience.
19:00 - Difference Machado would make defensively.
25:30 - Opening day outfield without Harper.
31:30 - Is baseball's offseason too slow?
35:00 - Keeping an eye on Mike Trout.

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Roy Halladay looking like a Hall of Fame lock this year, based on votes gathered

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Roy Halladay looking like a Hall of Fame lock this year, based on votes gathered

On Jan. 22, we will find out whether Roy Halladay will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

And based on the votes compiled so far, Doc looks like a lock.

Ryan Thibodaux (@NotMrTibbs on Twitter) has been tracking and obtaining ballots from Hall of Fame voters for years. 

And his findings so far reveal that Halladay is trailing only Mariano Rivera on this year's ballot

Halladay has received 94.0 percent of the 179 votes obtained. It means that he needs only 59.6 percent of remaining votes to reach the 75 percent threshold needed for induction.

It is obviously extremely sad that Halladay will not get to experience it. There was no pitcher of his era who commanded more respect and that legacy will last for decades and decades and decades. It's hard to find anyone — a baseball player, manager, front office-type or writer — whom Halladay failed to make a positive, lasting impression on. It will be another bittersweet moment for fans of the Phillies, Blue Jays and baseball in general when Halladay is posthumously inducted. 

The induction ceremony will take place in Cooperstown on Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Curt Schilling may also get the call to the Hall this year. It's his seventh time on the ballot, and so far, he's received 73.9 percent of public/anonymous votes, which is just short. He'd need 75.9 percent of remaining voters to back him to reach the induction requirement.

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