Phillies enter the craziest offseason in recent memory
Buckle up Phillies fans, the offseason has officially begun
Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on winning the World Series. While most Phillies fans were rooting for Chase Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers to raise the Commissioner’s Trophy, you can’t ignore how great this Red Sox team was.
With the World Series officially over, we welcome you to the offseason, one Phillies fans have waited years for.
Long touted as one of the most talented group of free agents to ever hit the open market, the players available this offseason could change the course of Philadelphia baseball forever.
A lot of decisions will come before Matt Klentak can officially make those long-awaited phone calls to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. The organization has until November 30 to tender contracts to those eligible.
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Philadelphia doesn’t have many free agents of their own this offseason, but Wilson Ramos could be a name the organization looks to retain. Their payroll is also very flexible with only two players making more than $10 million next year.
That financial flexibility and ownership’s willingness to spend is what has fans so excited for this offseason. The names that’ll likely be available are well known to baseball fans: Harper, Machado, Patrick Corbin, Craig Kimbrel, Josh Donaldson, Zach Britton, Andrew McCutchen, Dallas Kuechel, Adam Jones, D.J. LeMahieu.
The list goes well beyond those stars and the Phils are likely to sign at least one of those players this offseason.
Several players who were on the 2018 roster are likely gone, raising thoughts regarding trades. The futures of Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco, J.P. Crawford Carlos Santana, Nick Williams and others are in doubt. Much of what Matt Klentak, Andy MacPhail, and John Middleton do will hang in the balance of what Machado and Harper do this offseason.
So buckle up, because it’s going to be a wild ride into December for all of Philadelphia.