The Phillies are still forming their core
Before the front office goes after any big name, everyday veterans to complement the team’s core, they should learn who the core actually consists of. Prior to this year, we didn’t know Tommy Joseph could actually succeed as a hitter in the major leagues.
Odubel Herrera was still just a one-year wonder, and Maikel Franco was supposed to be a super star.
Now we know that Odubel has the potential to be a lineup fixture. It’s become clear that Franco still has some major adjustments to make. Joseph has proven himself capable, though some are speculating he’ll be flipped for more young talent.
The rotation actually looks to be reasonable down the line, however the bullpen does not. No matter how you look at it, this team needs time to discover themselves.