If Phillies move on, Domonic Brown says he will “definitely have a job somewhere else”

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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.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.