PHILLIES ARE JUST 19 DAYS TILL TRAINING CAMP IN CLEARWATER!

By Sam Bush

There are only 19 days until Phillies’ pitchers and catchers arrive in Florida for training camp, so let’s take a look at the 2017 bunch:

Key additions/retentions: LHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Joaquin Benoit, IF/OF Howie Kendrick, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, OF Odubel Herrera

Key subtractions: 1B Ryan Howard, C A.J. Ellis, RHP Charlie Morton

The Phillies’ plan for rejuvenation is clear:

Save now and spend later, such as when the much-heralded free agent class including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado hits the market after the 2018 season.

For now, the Phillies are stocking up on young talent and giving it room to develop.

This offseason, they added cheap, respected veterans Clay Buchholz and Howie Kendrick, while finally parting ways with Ryan Howard and awkwardly acquired A.J. Ellis. The Phillies also retained right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who accepted their qualifying offer, and should give them a solid rotation of Hellickson, Buchholz, and up-and-comers Jared Eickhoff, Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez — with many young starters knocking on the major league door.

They signed underrated outfielder Odubel Herrera to a long-term deal, and still have third baseman Maikel Franco, Freddy Galvis and emerging first baseman Tommy Joseph (above) around their growing infield.

Their young players gained experience in 2016, and will continue to do so in 2017, bolstered by the presence of a few inexpensive veterans who should help them stay somewhat relevant throughout.

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