Who is the face of the team?
One mistake I believe teams often make is acquiring a free agent (or trading for someone) to be the face of their franchise. Until 1969, free agency was basically unheard of. Players developed with their team, and learned baseball the way their home franchise taught it. So how can a player from a different franchise be expected to embody a new team? Without an understanding of the culture, it’s just a job.
Whether it’s J.P. Crawford, Maikel Franco, Jorge Alfaro, or anyone else in the system, someone must establish himself as the face of the Phillies. Though it’s no guarantee that Crawford, Cozens or Alfaro will see enough major league at bats to make an impact in ‘17.
Until someone steps up as a leader of the team, the front office would be wise to wait on bringing in a star player.