Phillies: An Early Look At Who Philadelphia Could Re-Sign in 2018

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Mar 15, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; United States pitcher Pat Neshek (17) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Venezuela during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. The United States won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; United States pitcher Pat Neshek (17) delivers a pitch during the eighth inning against the Venezuela during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. The United States won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 16, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The Phillie Phanatic against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 4-3 in the eleventh inning. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Conclusion

In reality, a situation like the one the Phillies find themselves in right now is complex. Many of the players brought in this offseason or that are coming to the end of their contracts are here for oe reason…a bridge to the future.

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Any of the previously listed players as well as others such as Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Andres Blanco and Cameron Rupp could all be in similar situations. The process is far from over and, with that, almost every player could be moved in the near future.

2017 will be an integral year for this. It will be the year in which Philadelphia separates the supplemental pieces from the future core of the Phillies franchise.

Can Rupp perform like last season hold off the emergence of Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp?

When J.P. Crawford is ready, is it Galvis or Hernandez who will be on the chopping block?

Which of the Phillies plethora of young arms can show that they deserve to be in the rotation?

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Obviously, one’s performance is key in any year. However, for the 2017 Philadelphia Phillies, this is the year to show you truly belong because impressive free agent classes are on the horizon and the Phillies have money to blow.

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