By; John Nevins
For some teams, the offseason begins soon, and for the Phillies, it could be another year, another disappointing year. After much talk of playoff aspirations, they are now struggling to make the playoffs, again. A lot of things happened around this team that caused them to be in this situation. With a new manager, struggling bullpen, and uncertainty of player contracts, they have to look to be active this offseason to ensure that they can compete with other teams in the National League. In this article, I will be discussing important things they must prioritize this offseason so they can compete next season.
Phillies Re-Sign JT Realmuto
JT Realmuto has been one of the best players on the Phillies during his tenure with the team. Realmuto has been arguably the best catcher in baseball before and during his tenure with the team. He is outstanding offensively and defensively for the team. This season, Realmuto has posted a .265 batting average, 11 home runs, 32 RBI’s, and an OBP of .348. He has been very good for the Phillies in regard to a solid bat and as a defensive wall behind the plate. This is a must for the Phillies to accomplish this offseason.
Phillies Trade For Bullpen Help
The big story of this Phillies team, is the bullpen. Throughout most of the season, the bullpen is a huge reason why they were losing close, tight ball games.
The Phillies have to acquire bullpen talent to win, for instance acquiring young relief pitcher, Mychal Givens. In an article called 3 relievers, The Phillies Could Try To Acquire, written by, Danny Podolsky. He states, “After a down year in 2019, Mychal Givens has turned it around, posting an ERA of 1.38 through 12 appearances this season. While the Orioles have a shot at making the playoffs, they are likely to be sellers at the deadline. Givens is far from an elite reliever, but he’d be an excellent addition to a struggling bullpen. With Brandon Workman as the Phillies’ closer, Givens would be a reliable eighth-inning pitcher.”
I think someone like Givens is a good option for a relief pitcher the Phillies could try to acquire. Another option could be Greg Holland of the Kansas City Royals. The Phillies have Brandon Workman, David Phelps, and David Robertson coming back next season however they have to do more to improve the bullpen.
Phillies let Matt Klentak go
I think Matt Klentak has to leave this offseason. He has made some very questionable decisions as the General Manager. Throughout the years he has been with the team he just hasn’t done much to really benefit the team. Sure, he has brought in Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, and Zack Wheeler. However, he also let key trades and free-agent signings slip through his fingers. Some of these would have been easily accomplished and benefited the Phillies. I don’t see Klentak in the Phillies long-term plans, which is why I believe he will be relieved of duties soon and the Phillies will be in search of a new GM this offseason.
Phillies Re-Sign Didi Gregorious
Arguably the best signing the Phillies had this offseason was, Didi Gregorious. He has been great for them this season. Didi reunited with former Yankees manager, Joe Girardi as he signed a 1 year deal with the Phillies. I think this is another player they have to prioritize this offseason. This season Didi was batting, with a .290 batting average, with 10 home runs, 40 RBI’s, with an OBP of .346. You don’t have to sign him for a lot, he is a player that isn’t going to ask for a lot of money, however, he will give you a lot of production.
Phillies Get Better Starting Pitching
The Phillies tried to improve their rotation last season by signing, Zack Wheeler to a big contract. Wheeler and ace pitcher, Aaron Nola, pitched very well this season. However, the same can’t be said for the rest of the starters in the rotation. Jake Arrieta, Vince Velasquez and Zach Eflin did not pitch very well this season. This year they did bring up top pitching prospect, Spencer Howard, from the Minor Leagues. However, for them to compete they are going to need to help their starting rotation. Pitchers such as Trevor Bauer, Masahiro Tanaka, and Marcus Stroman are all pitchers who are hitting the market this year.
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