The Philadelphia Phillies are close to bringing back reliever Pat Neshek, according to a report by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
The #phillies are progressing toward a deal with reliever Pat Neshek, who made the All-Star team in Philly this season.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 11, 2017
The 37-year-old Neshek compiled a 1.94 FIP in 43 games for the Phillies last season. He was traded to the Colorado Rockies four days before last July’s Trade Deadline and had a 1.70 FIP in 28 apperances.
All told, his combined 1.86 FIP in 71 apperances was a career low. The right-hander struck out 10 batters per nine innings and walked only 1.1 batters per nine innings for Philadelphia. Neshek pitched in the All Star Game for the second time in his career, with the other coming in 2014 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Neshek is expected to make $16.25 million over two years and the contract will include a $500,000 assignment bonus if he is traded.
Neshek has appeared in at least 60 games in every season since 2014, but the Phillies lost 96 games and are not exactly in a position to contend in 2018.
So while Neshek pitched well for a team that ended up playing around the .500 mark in the second half without his services, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told MLB Network the team is still searching for its next core and is excited for the future.
That kind of language usually would not come from a team prepared to pay a large sum of money for a veteran reliever, but the Phillies appear willing to make a short term investment for Neshek.
If the deal gets done, whether or not Neshek is still a member of the Phillies after the Trade Deadline will be something to keep an eye on.