Phillies: What defines success in the 2018 season?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI single against the New York Mets during the seventh inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 30, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI single against the New York Mets during the seventh inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 30, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 8: A general view Citizens Bank park during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies on September 8, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 8: A general view Citizens Bank park during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies on September 8, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Finishing with the third-worst record in baseball, the Phillies are looking up

Much has changed for the Phillies in a relatively quiet offseason around Major League Baseball. They’ve made the biggest free agent signing to date with Carlos Santana, traded their Gold Glove-caliber shortstop Freddy Galvis to San Diego, signed three relief pitchers over the age of 30, and hired a manager with virtually no experience.

While none of that sounds appealing and there is still work to be done, things are on the upswing for the Phillies. We asked our writers to gauge how they would define this season as a success under first year manager Gabe Kapler.

Koy Zidmal

The Phillies need 79 wins minimum for a successful season. The team has enough potential to be wild card contenders and being the race would be great and is very possible, but the main goal should be one last year of development. Hopefully Maikel Franco can take a next step, and Hoskins continues his run.

This also depends on Cesar Hernandez being on the roster at the end of the year. Their bullpen is more solid and Aaron Nola needs to have a career year. One last year of preparation before a 2019 playoff run

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