The Philadelphia Phillies have not panned out quite as expected. Following a five-year rebuild, they fell short and removed former general manager Matt Klentak. Instead of making final moves to compete for a World Series, the Phillies find themselves re-tooling again.
While the Phillies have made some moves, there's still a lot of work that needs to be done before the season begins. With that in mind, these are three moves Philadelphia must address before the season.
1. Center Fielder
The Phillies center fielders ranked 26th last season in OPS (.637) and tied for 22nd in Outs Above Average. A strong defender in center field would be incredibly valuable, with Andrew McCutchen in left and Bryce Harper in right. They have already missed out on Jackie Bradley Jr., after recently agreeing to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Phillies must find some answer.
2. Starting Pitching Rotation
Philadelphia has three solid starting pitchers, in Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin. After that, there are many question marks, and it showed last September. They have players in-house to compete, but it wouldn't hurt to raise the level of competition.
3. Improve the Bullpen
The bullpen needs to be completely rebuilt, so they won't have it fully fixed before the season begins. They have made a few notable acquisitions. However, the second-worst bullpen in MLB history, according to Elias Sports Bureau, needs more than a few moves for it not to be among the biggest weaknesses on the Phillies.
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