According to Tim Healey, David Phelps has won his arbitration hearing. He will earn $4.6 million in 2017, rather than the $4.325 million figure that the team filed at. The Marlins have now reached an agreement with all arbitration eligible players.
Phelps will see a $2.1 million raise from the $2.5 million he received in 2016. He will be arbitration eligible one more time in 2018 before reaching free agency in 2019.
Phelps experienced the best season of his career in 2016. Spending most of the year in the bullpen, he compiled a 2.28 ERA while striking out 114 batters in 86.2 innings. His 1.9 fWAR was third highest on the pitching staff behind Kyle Barraclough and the late Jose Fernandez.
After the signing of Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa, the bullpen is overflowing with talent. However, the Marlins seem keen on keeping Phelps in the bullpen. Regardless of their off-season intentions, it would not be surprising to see Phelps start a handful of games in 2017.