Phillies release six pitchers early in offseason


The Phillies’ offseason is already underway.

The team was eliminated from the World Series on Saturday and on Sunday six players were released, all pitchers, including Kyle GibsonBrad Hand, Corey Knebel, David Robertson, Noah Syndergaard and Chris Devenski are now free agents.

It will be interesting to see if the team tries to bring back one of these weapons, Syndergaard being perhaps the most likely.

Gibson was a strong backend rotational starter, but was rarely used in the playoffs. Hand is having an up and down season, but was eliminated during the World Series after a shaky NLCS. Knebel, who actually led the team in stoppages, got injured and wasn’t the closest the team had hoped when they gave him a one-year deal. Robertson was a key figure in the bullpen, but he will likely move on. Devenski appeared in three games after coming from Arizona.

With Gibson and Syndergaard gone, the team should occupy two spots in the starting rotation and Hand and Robertson in the bullpen.

Two other big decisions need to be made on Jean Segura ($17 million team option) and Zach Eflin ($15 million mutual option), with both possible candidates to walk in and be replaced.

Of the two Eflin is interesting.

He missed much of the season with knee problems but when he came back he gave the team a solid piece of the bullpen and with Robertson and Hand gone the team need to find some support. help in this area.

Segura, who has had a solid season, can be replaced by Bryson Stott, should the team choose to bring in a big shortstop. Otherwise, finding someone to replace Segura becomes more difficult. Maybe Edmundo Sosa and Nick Maton will see more time there in a peloton.

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