By Sam Bush
The Phillies are desperate for pitching — starters and relievers.
Their current rotation and bullpen:
Vince Velasquez (above)
Key relievers: Hector Neris, Adam Morgan, Jose Alvarez, Seranthony Dominguez
David Robertson, last offseason’s big free agent bullpen addition, will miss 2020 as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. Dominguez rehabbed a ligament tear of his own and is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery, so he’s a bit of an uncertainty. Pivetta and Velasquez were both demoted to the bullpen this summer. There’s a clear need for multiple arms here.
The Phillies also need to figure out third base this offseason. Franco has played himself out of a job — since his 2015 breakout he’s hit .247/.299/.427 in more than 2,000 plate appearances with subpar defense — and Scott Kingery is best used as a super utility guy who plays all over. Finding an everyday third baseman should be on the agenda this winter. The Phillies may also need to bring in a second baseman depending on what happens with Hernandez.
GM Matt Klentak and his staff will focus this offseason on bolstering a pitching staff that needs at least one and likely two starters, and possibly as many as five relievers. Revamping the infield around first baseman Rhys Hoskins and shortstop Jean Segura may be in the cards as well. Lots to do. Lots and lots to do this offseason.