Three Phillies that could be moved before Opening Day
The bullpen is another part of the team Matt Klentak improved this offseason by adding David Robertson, Jose Alvarez, James Pazos and Juan Nicasio. With guys like Tommy Hunter, Hector Neris, Pat Neshek and Seranthony Dominguez all returning, it seems like there will be more names than spots for the bullpen. With the team potentially making a move for free agent closer Craig Kimbrel, there could be as many as 15 pitchers fighting for a major-league spot.
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2018 was Adam Morgan’s best season going 0-2 with a 3.83 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 49.1 innings pitched. In 75 prior appearances, 36 starts, Morgan was 10-21 with a 5.10 ERA and totaled 0.4 wins above replacement in three seasons. Morgan was one of the lone lefties in the Phillies bullpen and staff over the previous four seasons and has had major inconsistency issues during that span.
Since his full time move to the bullpen in 2017, Morgan has found more success. With an ERA just below 4.00 and K/9 of 9.8. Despite that, Morgan likely will be losing his spot to some new arms and could be relocated before Opening Day.
After what might be one of the best offseasons, ever there is still work to be done. Time will tell if even more additions will be made, but some players will have to be moved to make room for the newbies. Hopefully, Klentak will be able to get something for the pieces to keep improving this team for the short and long-term.