The Philadelphia Phillies checked a very big box this offseason when they successfully brought Aaron Nola back into the fold on a seven year, $172 million deal. For a team that is coming off back-to-back deep postseason runs, keeping the band together is not a small accomplishment. While the Braves will remain a problem in the division for a while, the Phillies are in a good spot yet again going into 2024 even if they don't do anything else.
However, it sure seems like the Phillies aren't done just yet. While there aren't clear holes that need addressing this offseason especially given the state of the free agent position player market this year, Philadelphia is remaining active and open to opportunities as they come up. Here is a look at the latest rumors surrounding the team.
Bryce Harper wants a contract extension
While most fans are focused on what new players could be joining the team, one of the biggest pieces of news to come out lately is that Bryce Harper has expressed a strong interest in getting a contract extension done with the Phillies so that he stays with the team the rest of his career. Bryce clearly has enjoyed his time with the team and it is nice to see that he wants to stick around until his playing days are done.
That said, the timing of Harper's request is pretty weird to say the least. He is already under control through 2031 and just turned 31 a couple of months ago. Given that he will be in his late 30's when his current deal is up and the fact that he had a major injury recently, it is hard to make the case that the Phillies should be clamoring to tack on a few years to his deal unless it involves restructuring it to the team's benefit.