The Phillies stayed rather quiet at the winter meetings this year compared to previous seasons. Despite that, the meetings went well overall for them.
The Phillies left the 2016 winter meetings looking fairly similar to how they entered them. With the meetings now over, there is little left this offseason before the hype of spring training starts up in late January/early February.
Unlike the last two years, the Phillies didn’t make any trades at the meetings. In 2014, they dealt Jimmy Rollins for Zach Eflin and Tom Windle and then swapped Marlon Byrd for Ben Lively. Last year, they made one of the biggest moves of the winter in trading closer Ken Giles to the Astros for a bevy of pitchers. That trade set the precedent for teams getting bigger prospect hauls for closer.
Let’s take a look at what the Phillies did this year at the winter meetings and how it impacted the team.