Dominguez signed; Velasquez remains the biggest question mark for Phillies as deadline looms

Seranthony Dominguez and the Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies and reliever Seranthony Dominguez have agreed to a one-year deal worth $725,000, according to a source close to the Philadelphia Baseball Review.

Dominguez, 26, hasn't pitched since June of 2019 and is likely to miss the entire 2021 season as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery conducted this past July. 

With Dominguez off the board, the Phillies now have six remaining players on the roster who are eligible for salary arbitration - hurlers David Hale, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, and Hector Neris, first baseman Rhys Hoskins, and catcher Andrew Knapp. Of the group, Hale and Velasquez appear to be the two biggest question marks. 

Hale joined the Phillies at the trade deadline and pitched in six games this past season, posting a 4.09 ERA. The 33-year-old could return as an affordable arm to assist a bullpen desperately in need of depth.


Velasquez is in a bit of a different situation. He's pitched well at times over the previous five seasons, but inconsistency has been a significant issue. At a time when the club is likely to trim payroll, the organization may elect to not make an offer to Velasquez and go in another direction. He's posted a 4.76 ERA with the Phillies over 112 appearances, including 99 starts, to go along with a 1.38 WHIP. 

The deadline for clubs to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

With so much financial uncertainty surrounding the game, there's likely to be some All-Star caliber players that'll go untendered and hit the open market. 
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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