The Phillies have signed two of their nine arbitration eligible players to deals for the 2019 season. Reliever Hector Neris will get $1.8-million next season and starter Jerad Eickhoff will receive $975-thousand.
Neris, 29, has pitched in 106 games with the Phillies and has posted a 3.39 ERA with a 12-14 record and 39 saves. He saved a career-high 26 games in 2017 but wound up optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season to regain command of his slider, the pitch that led to his earlier success. When Neris returned from Lehigh Valley, he was back on track and struck out 35 of the 69 batters he faced over the rest of the season, leading him to winning the NL Reliever of the Month honor in August.
The 28-year old Eickhoff has battled injuries and ineffectiveness since going 11-14 with a 3.65 ERA in 33 starts in 2016. He underwent carpal tunnel surgery following the season and has resumed a throwing program that has him on track to be ready for the opening of spring training. The Phillies acquired Eickhoff in the deal that sent Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline in 2015.
The remaining arbitration eligible Phillies are pitchers Jose Alvarez, Adam Morgan, Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez, with infielders Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco and outfielder Aaron Altherr also eligible. Hernandez is projected to be in the area of $8.9-million, with Nola projected to receive $6.6-million and Franco $5.1-million. Velasquez is projected to receive $2.6-million and the remaining arbitration eligible players project to receive under the $2-million mark.