Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown had a miserable 2014 season, regressing significantly on the offensive side while continuing to make frequent fundamental mistakes in left field. It was shocking, as Brown was an All-Star in 2013 and appeared to have finally lived up to the potential he showed as a prospect coming up through the Phillies’ system.
Brown finished with a .235/.285/.349 slash line with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 512 plate appearances. He was not only one of the worst-hitting corner outfielders, but one of the worst hitters at any position period. Brown is eligible for arbitration for the first time this off-season. If the Phillies’ front office has already concluded that they would like to move on, they could choose to either non-tender Brown or trade him.
Brown isn’t concerned, though. Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Brown says that he will “definitely have a job somewhere else” if there is a divorce. Brown attributed his struggles, most of which came in the first half, to trying to “do too much”.
It would be quite perplexing if the Phillies were to non-tender him. Brown made $550,000 during the 2014 season and isn’t likely to earn much more going through the arbitration process (or settling) on the heels of his poor performance. Thus, it costs the Phillies next-to-nothing to keep him around in 2015. A change of scenery trade would make more sense, but the Phillies would certainly be selling on Brown with his value in the basement. It was only a few years ago when Brown was the centerpiece in a plethora of trade rumors, remaining one of GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s few “untouchable” prospects.