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Phillies avoid salary arbitration with pitchers Hector Neris and Jerad Eickhoff

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Phillies avoid salary arbitration with pitchers Hector Neris and Jerad Eickhoff

Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Even as the Phillies pursue mega free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — they are in talks with Machado and will visit with Harper in Las Vegas on Saturday — they are conducting routine baseball business. At this time of the year, that means settling potential salary arbitration cases for the coming season.

One of those cases was settled Thursday when reliever Hector Neris and the team agreed on a contract worth $1.8 million for 2019. Neris had been eligible for salary arbitration for the first time after making $582,500 last season.

Neris’ signing leaves seven Phillies still eligible for salary arbitration. The Phillies also came to a one-year agreement worth $975,000 with right-hander Jerad Eickhoff.

Friday night marks the deadline for the two sides to exchange potential salary figures for the coming season. If an agreement between the player and the team cannot be struck, an arbitration panel will decide the player’s salary during a hearing in February. The two sides can strike an agreement at any time before the panel’s decision — and often do.

The Phillies’ remaining arbitration-eligible players are pitchers Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez, Jose Alvarez and Adam Morgan, infielders Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco and outfielder Aaron Altherr.

The website MLBtraderumors.com projects the following salaries for the above players: Nola $6.6 million, Velasquez $2.6 million, Alvarez $1.7 million, Morgan $1.1 million, Altherr $1.6 million, Hernandez $8.9 million and Franco $5.1 million. Neris had been projected to make $2 million.

Neris, 29, has been a mainstay at the back end of the Phillies’ bullpen for three seasons. He pitched well in 2016 and 2017 but stumbled in 2018. He spent time in the minors, but dazzled when he returned. He was named National League reliever of the month in August and struck out 35 of the 69 batters he faced over the final six weeks of the season.

Entering 2019, Neris is expected to be one of the pitchers that manager Gabe Kapler uses late in games, along with Seranthony Dominguez, David Robertson and others.

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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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