AFTER BUSY OFFSEASON, PHILLIES TWO WEEKS FROM SPRING TRAINING!

By Sam Bush

Spring training opens two weeks from today, and after a very active offseason, here’s where the Phillies stand:

The new guys: VP and GM Matt Klentak and president Andy MacPhail

Overview: MacPhail came aboard in the middle of last season and eventually replaced Ruben Amaro Jr. with Klentak, who was the Angels’ assistant GM. The rebuilding Phillies are stockpiling young talent, landing a league-high seven prospects on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 list. The club scored big with last summer’s Cole Hamels trade, then again in December when it sent closer Ken Giles to Houston. Philly has dealt for Jeremy Hellickson, Charlie Morton and Brett Oberholtzer to take some pressure off its young starters and made a host of low-risk signings and waiver claims, such as relievers David Hernandez and Edward Mujica, and outfielders Peter Bourjos and David Lough.

Best move: Acquiring Oberholtzer and four pitching prospects, including Mark Appel and Vincent Velasquez from the Astros. By the time the Phillies are contenders, Giles will be expensive and/or declining. Cashing him in with five years of control remaining maximized the return.

Most questionable move: Acquiring Hellickson from the D-backs. Wanting a few veteran arms around is understandable, but it’s a bit odd to deal even a low-level prospect for a $7 million pitcher with a 4.86 ERA over the past three seasons.

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