Says The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga:
Since winning five straight NL East crowns from 2007 to 2011, the Phillies have appeared in zero postseason games.
Owner John Middleton is desperately trying to change that, and he brought in Dave Dombrowski — an architect of pennant winners in Miami, Detroit and Boston — to make sure he does.
The Phillies’ most significant moves were to keep last year’s team intact, re-signing catcher J.T. Realmuto to a five-year, $115.5-million deal and bringing back shortstop Didi Gregorius for two years and $28 million.
According to Spotrac, no team in the NL East has a higher payroll than the Phillies — who have the cash but now just need to translate it to wins.