Phillies and Hector Neris avoid arbitration

Philadelphia Phillies reliever Hector Neris
The Philadelphia Phillies and right-handed reliever Hector Neris avoid arbitration on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.8 million as reported by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Neris, 29, ended the 2017 campaign as the Phillies closer but failed to replicate his success early in 2018 and was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in late June. He excelled upon his return though, pitching to the tune of a 2.04 ERA over his final 20 appearances.

With Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson at the backend of the bullpen, it's unlikely Neris will see many opportunities late in ballgames come April. However, you can never say never when it comes to manager Gabe Kapler and his interest in matchups and bullpen usage.

For his career, righties are hitting just .212 off Neris over five seasons.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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