Philadelphia Phillies offseason simulation: Spending money a little bit stupid

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 18: Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies hugs Wilson Ramos #40 after hitting a three run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 18: Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies hugs Wilson Ramos #40 after hitting a three run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Wilson Ramos – 3 years, $32 million

Jorge Alfaro is the future for the Phillies, but they need a veteran to mentor him and also carry the offense when needed. That’s what Wilson Ramos did for the Phillies when they picked him up from Tampa Bay this year.

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If the Phillies can split playing time between Ramos and Alfaro like they did last year they can continue to develop Alfaro while winning games.

Surprisingly, no one else placed a bid for Ramos, who projects to be one of the best catchers available this offseason. Within the division, Atlanta signed Yasmani Grandal to a similar deal. Several other veteran catches were signed for cheap, but the Phillies are being anything but that this offseason.

Daniel Descalso – 1 year, $2 million

The Phillies need to fill out their bench, and one of the best options on the table in free agency this year is Daniel Descalso. The former Diamondback brings a left-handed bat and versatility to the bench after Pedro Florimon was designated to Lehigh Valley.

Right now the only infielder on the 40-man roster who could fill a bench role is Mitch Walding, a rookie who struck out 12 times in 13 games last year. Descalso has nine seasons under his belt and just turned 32. He’s played seven of nine positions in his career with the only exceptions being center field and catcher.

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