The Philadelphia Phillies need to build around Bryce Harper if they want to make a postseason run in 2022
Baseball isn’t basketball: one big superstar isn’t going to be enough. That doesn’t mean that Bryce Harper didn’t have an outrageously good season for the Philadelphia Phillies, but as the results indicate, he can’t do it alone.
After the Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron Award-winning season Harper just had, fans are begging the Phillies not to waste his best years. And the good news is that though the free-agent signings haven’t begun, the Phillies are already making short-term and long-term moves to improve the franchise that will set them up for success and make the most out of Harper’s wonder years.
Here are three things the Phillies are already doing:
1. The Phillies are expected to spend big this offseason
The Phillies will be one of several teams planning on throwing cash around this winter. They’ve got quite a bit of space under the luxury tax threshold, especially after buying out Andrew McCutchen and letting their most expensive arbitration player, Odúbel Herrera, hit free agency.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has confirmed what most expected: the Phillies’ top offseason needs are a closer and some hard-hitting outfielders. Adding another starting pitcher would also be smart, but his priorities are definitely in order.
Despite discussions of spending big at the trade deadline, the Phillies have never exceeded the luxury tax threshold. However, with Dombrowski at the helm, it’s likely that will change; he’s got experience building postseason and even championship teams, but it’s pricey. If the Phillies want to win big, they should spend big.