4 pitchers Dombrowski says could provide valuable depth to Phillies rotation in 2024

Even though the starting rotation is set, the Phillies are still examining their options for pitching depth next season.

Philadelphia Phillies prospect Mick Abel could appear in the starting rotation in 2024
Philadelphia Phillies prospect Mick Abel could appear in the starting rotation in 2024 / Steph Chambers/GettyImages
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The Philadelphia Phillies rotation appears to be set for 2024 at the moment, but the offseason is still young, and a free agent signing or trade could shake things up in an instant. After all, Yoshinobu Yamamoto is still unsigned. We can all dream, right?

But if the season were to start today, the five-man rotation would look very similar to what we got used to last season, with Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Taijuan Walker, Ranger Suárez, and Cristopher Sánchez all penciled in to toe the rubber for the Phillies to begin 2024.

Injuries are always part of the equation for any baseball team, and you can never rule out a prospect showing all of the signs in Spring Training that they belong with the big club. That being said, who exactly boards the team plane in Clearwater to begin the season in Philadelphia is always subject to change. The best baseball teams have rotation depth.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has identified a few of those options at various points this offseason.

“The depth isn’t really as important until you get to the season, so we’ve got a lot of time until we start, until the end of March,” Dombrowski said at the Winter Meetings, per Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “But we talked about Covey potentially, let’s see how Abel progresses, we’ve got Nelson, but yeah, ideally, we would continue to add in that regard."

While a few of these guys have seen action with the Phillies before and have potential roles already locked up in 2024, a few are knocking on the door for a chance to make an impression for the 2024 Phillies. Let's take a closer look at the four players who could help the Phillies' rotation next season.