By Jack Ryan
Everything the Phils have done this offseason — re-signing Jeremy Hellickson, the acquisitions of Clay Buchholz, Howie Kendrick and Pat Neshek, the signing of Joaquin Benoit, etc. — has been geared at making this club incrementally better without affecting the 2018 budget.
The Phillies know what’s up.
Some enticing free-agent talent (most notably Bryce Harper (above) and Manny Machado, after ’18) is looming, and they’re going to be in key position to pounce and build on an emerging core.