3 positions the Phillies need to invest in during free agency

The Philadelphia Phillies must once again be big spenders this offseason if they have plans on competing in 2024.
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2) The Philadelphia Phillies need to invest in their bullpen in free agency

He's had his ups and downs, but Craig Kimbrel has operated as the Phillies closer for much of the year and has been mostly successful in that role. The veteran right-hander has converted 23 of his 26 save opportunities and has tacked on five holds as well. Kimbrel is going to be a free agent this offseason.

Outside of Kimbrel, most of the bullpen will remain intact. All of Jose Alvarado, Gregory Soto, Seranthony Dominguez, Matt Strahm, and Jeff Hoffman have at least one more year of control which is a good thing, but the Phillies still lack the closer that some say they lack right now.

None of those five relievers have proven over a full 162-game season that they're trustworthy enough to be a dominant closer, and Kimbrel is the closest thing. I'm not saying the Phillies need to splurge on Josh Hader, and I'm not even saying Kimbrel has to return. What I am saying is there has to be some veteran out there that the Phillies bring in to pitch late in close games.

It won't cost nearly as much money as a frontline starter will, but adding a quality reliever isn't cheap. It is another must for Dave Dombrowski