Phillies and Ranger Suarez
The Phillies successfully avoided arbitration with four key players, securing contracts for the upcoming 2024 season. Among those who reached agreements are Ranger Suarez, Edmundo Sosa, Jeff Hoffman, and Gregory Soto. 
 
The arbitration deadline was set for noon on Thursday, with only one player, Alec Bohm, remaining without a finalized agreement. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Bohm filed for $4 million, while the Phillies countered with a $3.4 million offer. Negotiations can persist until the scheduled arbitration hearing next month. 
 
Reportedly, Suarez is set to earn $5.05 million, Sosa $1.7 million, Hoffman $2.2 million, and Soto $5 million for the upcoming season. 
 
Suarez has established himself as a reliable middle-of-the-rotation asset for the Phillies, boasting a 123 ERA+ over six seasons. His postseason performance has been particularly impressive, with a 1.62 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 33 1/3 innings, including a stellar 2023 playoff run. While he is due for arbitration again next season, free agency awaits him after the 2025 season. 
 
Hoffman, who joined the Phillies after being released by Minnesota in spring training, experienced a career year in 2023. Featuring in 54 games, he recorded a remarkable 2.41 ERA and 0.82 WHIP. Notably, his success was fueled by an uptick in velocity, with an average fastball speed of 97.2 mph, nearly three mph higher than in 2022. 
 
Sosa, at 27, has proven to be a versatile asset off the bench for the Phillies. In his first season with the team, he maintained a .251 batting average, contributing ten home runs and 30 RBIs. 
 
As for Soto, the 28-year-old left-hander made appearances in a career-high 69 games in 2023, tallying a 4.62 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. With a 65/22 K/BB ratio across 60 1/3 innings, he also secured three saves during the season.

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