The Philadelphia Phillies struggled to live up to the hype last season and finished in third place in the National League East with a 28-32 record. They head into the 2021 season with their eyes set on making the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but still have work to do if they want to accomplish that.
The Phillies still have roster decisions to make and holes to address on their roster. They could even look to the free agent market before Opening Day rolls around. With that in mind, here are three moves the Phillies should make before the 2021 MLB season starts.
1. Sign Shane Greene
One of the biggest storylines in the MLB last season was the monumental struggles of the Phillies bullpen. They finished the season with highest bullpen ERA (7.06) in the league and it was a major reason they were unable to make the postseason. The Phillies have already made some upgrades in the offseason signing Archie Bradley and trading for Jose Alvarado, but could still benefit from adding another reliever. Free agent Shane Greene sticks out simply because he has posted an ERA under 2.61 in three of the last four seasons. He would immediately become one of the Phillies top bullpen arms and help them compete in close games.
2. Add a Veteran Starting Pitcher
The Phillies top half of the rotation is all but set with Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin leading the way. After that, it is unknown who will be starting early in the season as the current options are a mix of young players like Spencer Howard and veteran starters like Matt Moore. The Phillies need a pitcher that can eat innings and free agent Rick Porcello fits that role perfectly. He has had an up-and-down career, but Porcello has pitched under Phillies new President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombroski, before. A reunion here may make sense for everyone involved. If not Porcello, Anibal Sanchez or Jake Odorizzi should be given a chance.
3. Give Adam Haseley the Center Field Spot
The only spot on the roster without a definite Opening Day starter is center field. A few players are vying for the position throughout spring training including Adam Haseley, Odubel Herrera and Roman Quinn. However, this shouldn't be much of a competition at all. Haseley has proven he has the talent and skills to play almost every day for this team. He has posted a .330 OBP in his two major league seasons with the Phillies and has yet to commit an error in 55 games started out in center field. On the other hand, Quinn really only brings speed to the plate and Herrera hasn't had a major league at bat since early in the 2019 season. Give Haseley a shot and hope he keeps up his consistency.
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