Sources: Phillies Come To Terms with Beachy, Montgomery
The band might not be breaking up after all.
Rumors surrounding his camp suggest that Brandon Beachy has come to an agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies on a five-year contract extension, with a sixth year vesting option.
Beachy, the 2014 Cy Young winner and last year’s Cy Young runner-up, has had a rough 2017. Entering Wednesday, he is 8-10 with a 3.76 ERA, his highest since his first year in Philadelphia in 2015. He has a 1.19 WHIP, but has served up a career-high 23 homers.
The Phillies refused to comment on the Beachy extension, saying only that they value their pitchers, and hoped they would be in a Phillies’ uniform for a long time to come.
It’s interesting to note that the Phillies used the plural form of “pitcher”; Mike Montgomery is also a free agent at season’s end. There has been no word on talks regarding Monty staying with Philly past this season, except that he was reportedly looking for a three-year, $50m deal.
Arguably the Phillies’ best pitcher at various points of this season, Montgomery is 8-10 with a 3.70 ERA, and a 1.20 WHIP. The 28-year-old lefty has found success in Philadelphia over the last five years, and the Phillies would like to keep him in the fold…but only if it made sense.
The team has already made the choice to let centerfielder Cameron Maybin leave after this year; Maybin, who has generally flopped in Philly, wants a reported eight-year, $204 million deal, and has been unwilling to budge from that figure.