Says Jim Bowden of

Grade: A-

Trades: Traded INF Vimael Machin to Athletics

Free Agents: RHP Zack Wheeler, 5 years/$118 million; SS Didi Gregorius, 1 year/$14 million

Waiver Claims: RHP Trevor Kelley from Red Sox

Rule 5: INF Vimael Machin from Cubs

Hires: Manager Joe Girardi

The Phillies did an excellent job in hiring former world champion manager Joe Girardi as their new skipper, then quickly signed one of the top-five free-agent pitchers in Zack Wheeler — albeit with a bit of an overpay at five years and $118 million.

Their next move was a shrewd one: They were able to get shortstop Didi Gregorius to agree to a one-year “pillow” deal for $14 million. Didi improves them defensively at shortstop and also balances their lineup with a much-needed left-handed bat.

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