By Art Beitchman
The recent MLB lockout puts the Phillies further behind the 8-ball in attempting to build a better roster for the 2022 season.
Their only significant signing before yesterday’s lockout was former Dodger pitcher Corey Knebel, who put up good numbers last year going 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA.,
The rest have been minor deals and scrap heap specials.
With a farm system producing very little talent the last 5 years, with the exception of Rhys Hoskins, the Fightin’ Phils will need to rely on free agents to bolster this ballclub that fell short last season.
Notable players still available when the lockout is lifted include OF Nick Casellanos, Kris Bryant, Trevor Story, Kyle Schwarber.
Any combination of these 2 to 3 pickups will make the Phils considerably stronger to compete next year for a National League playoff spot.