By Sarah Berkowitz

The Phillies made real, incremental improvements by adding Michael Saunders, Joaquin Benoit and Howie Kendrick.

And given what the back of the rotation would have looked like, even Clay Buchholz counts here.

It’s also not as much a problem as Atlanta’s veteran accumulation since the Phillies still have enough open spots on the roster, whereas the Braves could have as few as two under-25 players on the 25-man roster at the start of the season.