By Sam Bush
Pitchers and catchers are due in Clearwater on Feb. 17, five days from today.
So, here’s a snapshot of where the Phillies stand:
28-32, Missed postseason
Key offseason additions
C J.T. Realmuto, RP Jose Alvarado, RHP Archie Bradley, RP Sam Coonrod, RHP Ivan Nova, SS Didi Gregorius, LHP Matt Moore, RHP Hector Rondon, RHP Chase Anderson
The offseason has been a seesaw.
At the start of the offseason, it appeared as if owner John Middleton was committed to cutting payroll and that the team would probably be out of the running for top free-agent catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Well, that got turned upside once Dave Dombrowski was unexpectedly brought into the front office as president of baseball operations in December.
Ultimately, they got a deal done for Realmuto. And, that along with bringing back Didi Gregorius helps.
But, they haven’t done much else, nothing else in the eye-popping sense that their division rival Mets have done this winter.
The Phillies also made some upgrades to their historically bad bullpen, but their Opening Day lineup figures to look a lot like the one they used in 2020 when they finished below .500, and their rotation could use another addition.
The Phillies have Bryce Harper on their payroll during his prime and they’re competing in a very strong National League East. There’s no time to waste here.