Phillies could part ways with Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco today. The Phillies have until 8 p.m. Monday to make a decision whether to offer each a contract or let the lifelong Phillies become free agents.
Hernandez, 29, has been in the Phillies’ organization since he was 16 years old. He is projected to make over $11 million in his final year of arbitration and if the Phillies let him go they could use that money to fill space elsewhere on the roster.
Franco, 27, originally signed with the Phillies in 2010 and became the team’s regular third baseman in 2015. He is projected to make about $6.5 million in salary arbitration.
The Phillies are reportedly interested in upgrading their starting pitching lineup.
Philly Voice reports seven other arbitration eligible players are expected to be retained by the Phillies; Jose Alvarez, Hector Neris, Adam Morgan, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, J.T. Realmuto and Andrew Knapp.