3. Not signing Starling Marte
The Phillies should have done everything they could’ve to sign free-agent centerfielder Starling Marte. They need slugging outfielders, he is one, plus he steals bases in the double digits every single season. In 2021, he led MLB with 47 stolen bases in only 120 games.
Marte was really the only true centerfielder on the free-agent market this offseason, besides Odubel Herrera, whom the Phillies did not want to keep.
The Phillies parted ways with Herrera, Andrew McCutchen, and a few other part-time outfielders, leaving Bryce Harper all alone in the outfield. He’s talented, but he can’t do it alone.
Before the lockout, the Baltimore Orioles were rumored to be interested in dealing All-Star Cedric Mullins, who is coming off an incredible season. It would take a lot to get him, but the Phillies don’t exactly have a lot of other options.