Grading every Philadelphia Phillies offseason addition
The Philadelphia Phillies had a long to-do list when the 2021 season ended in disappointment, their 10th straight season without postseason play.
In his first full offseason as their President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski was charged with building almost an entirely new bullpen, upgrading the outfield, and squiring at least one big bat to supercharge the lineup.
Luckily for the Phillies, Dombrowski is adept at building contending teams, so long as you’re willing to hand over your checkbook and a pen. And in his first year at the helm, the veteran executive convinced managing partner John Middleton to do something he’d never done before: allow his front office to exceed the luxury tax. It’s an accomplishment made all the more impressive by the fact that when the lockout ended, the tax threshold was $20M higher than it had been in 2021.
With the roster starting to take shape, we’re ready to give the Phillies their offseason additions report card.
Let’s find out if each free-agent signing, trade, and waiver pickup made the grade…