The Phillies aren't fans of the arbitration process. They have a pretty good record in the cases that do go in front of an arbitrator, but they simply like to avoid the whole thing entirely, if possible. This winter, they found it possible to avoid it, by signing Freddy Galvis, Jeremy Hellickson and Jeanmar Gomez to deals for the 2016 season.
Galvis took over as the team's shortstop last season after Jimmy Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December of 2014. Galvis, 26, will nearly quadruple his salary, jumping from $503,500 in 2015 to a cool $2-million for the upcoming season. In his first season as an everyday player, Galvis played nearly as many games (151) as he had over the previous three seasons with the Phillies (171), and hit a career-high .263 with a .302 on-base percentage. The Venezuelan born infielder also set career highs in triples (5), home runs (7) and RBI (50).
The Phillies acquired Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason and signed him to a one-year, $7-million deal. Hellickson finished last season 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in his first season with the Diamondbacks. Hellickson had previously pitched for Tampa Bay where he went 40-36, 3.78 in 142 games over five seasons. The Phillies sent pitcher David Whitehead to the D'backs to acquire Hellickson.
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez also signed a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. Gomez fought his way onto the Phillies roster with a good performance in spring training and wound up being one of the more reliable arms out of the Phillies bullpen last season, pitching in 65 games and posting a 3.01 ERA. Prior to last season, Gomez pitched three seasons with the Cleveland Indians and two with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gomez turns 28 on February 10 and has a career mark of 21-21 with a 4.16 ERA in 185 major league games, including 46 starts. The Phillies used him exclusively out of the bullpen and he hasn't started a game in the majors since 2013 when he made eight starts for the Pirates.
Galvis, Gomez and Hellickson were the only three Phillies who were arbitration eligible this winter.