The Philadelphia Phillies had a magical 2022 Season as not only did they make the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but they made it to the World Series only mustering up 87 wins. Though they fell short to the Houston Astros in the World Series, there is still a lot to look forward to in this deep and talented Phillies ball club. They seem to have finally found their manager thanks to Rob Thompson who took over as the interim manager in June until getting that title removed making Thompson the permanent manager.
The Phillies also saw a lot of production out of their offense, especially by Kyle Schwarber who in his first season in Philly led the National League in home runs with a whopping 46. Other key players also contributed to the Phillies offense from Alec Bohm, to Rhys Hoskins and of course Bryce Harper even when he dealt with injuries most of the season. Trades too also made a huge factor with center fielder Brandon Marsh who came over from the Angels proving he can be a solid asset while Noah Syndergaard also proving he’s still a dominant pitcher. The pitching was also sensational with Zack Wheeler pitching to a 2.82 ERA in the regular season and lefty Ranger Suárez also having a good year pitching to a 3.65 ERA in 29 games.
RP Jose Alvarado- $1.9M, offer arbitration
1B Rhys Hoskins-$12.6M, offer arbitration
RP Seranthony Dominguez-$2M, decline arbitration
SP Ranger Suárez-$3.5M, offer arbitration
RP Sam Coonrod-$800K, offer arbitration
UTL Yairo Munoz- $1M, decline arbitration
UTL Edmundo Sosa-$1M, offer arbitration
If the Phillies want to keep on competing this year and many more to come, definitely until you can come up with long term deals, offering arbitration to both Rhys Hoskins and Ranger Suárez should be a top priority. They both proved this past season that they’re reliable assets for this ball club and the Phillies are in desperate need of pitching and keeping Suárez for at least this upcoming year is a start. Bringing back Edmundo Sosa should be something the Phillies should consider after he came to Philly at the midway point of the season from St. Louis. Keeping Sosa even as a backup could be huge for the Phillies giving them lots of depth in the midfielder.
Pitching wise, as already mentioned, Suárez should be a top priority for the Phillies to bring back. For other pitchers who might or might not get arbitration, Seranthony Dominguez has been good for Philly but they wind up moving on from him for better relief pitcher with the Phillies bullpen still a bit iffy. Same goes for Sam Coonrod. Expect the Phillies to go after potential relievers in free agency like Adam Ottavino, Trevor May and Kenley Jansen to name a few.
Pending Free Agents:
SP, Noah Syndergaard, let walk
Sp, Kyle Gibson, resign
RP, Brad Hand, resign
IF, Jean Segura, let walk
SP, Zach Eflin, resign
RP, David Robertson, resign
INF, Johan Camargo, let walk
Pitching has to be number one thing Philly focuses on. I believe bringing back Kyle Gibson who has been a solid addition to this Phillies pitching staff ever since he arrived from the Rangers at the midway point of 2021. Bringing back Zach Eflin too even as a reliever or a starter would be a good move for the Phillies to make as well. Eflin pitched to an ERA just over four in the regular season and has proven that he can play reliably when it matters the most. For offense wise, the Phillies have seen to signal that they won’t be bringing back Jean Segura. Seguara who is primarily a shortstop and second baseman did see his playing time dwindle. It seems like they believe in Bryson Stott as being their future.
Don’t be surprised if the Phillies try to move on from Nicholas Castellanos. While he did sign a four -year contract, he underperformed only hitting 13 home runs and 62 runs batted in. Not saying this could definitely happen but it’s something they should look into.
The Phillies are expected to be aggressive in free agency if they have hopes to compete in the NL East with the Mets and Braves with hopes of getting back into the playoffs. They’re a tone of holes and needs this team and they hope to bring back pending free agents and maybe be aggressive in free agency like they were last year.
SS Xander Bogaerts: four-years, $70M
There were reports that Xander Bogarts may be a player the Phillies will pursue in the free agency market. The Red Sox shortstop is coming off a year hit .307 with 15 home runs driving in 73. With Segura not expected to come back, Bogarts could play anywhere in the infield to go with Bryson Stott and Alec Bohm. A four year deal seems likely if Bogaerts heads to Philly.
SP Noah Syndergaard: one-year, $17M
Syndergaard came over from the Angels and was a solid addition for the Phillies whether he started or he was out of the bullpen. Though Thor is probably seeking a multi-year deal, I think this should be almost a prove it year for Syndergaard if he wants to show that he’s still a dominant pitcher. A one year deal seems likely
SP Zach Efling: two-years: $25M
Again, another low risk deal the Phillies can make bringing back a solid pitcher for the Phillies. He was very solid out of the bullpen and can definitely start when called upon.
David Robertson: three-years: $30M
The Phillies biggest hole is their bullpen and Robertson is the perfect man to fix it. He pitched to an ERA of 2.23 last season and only gave up four home runs. He is the man that they need to solidify their bullpen as one of the best and he for sure earns a multi-year deal.
DH: Kyle Schwarber
1B: Rhys Hoskins
C: JT Realmuto
RF: Bryce Harper/Nicholas Castellanos
SS: Xander Bogarts
3B: Alec Bohm
2B: Bryson Stott/Edmundo Sosa
CF: Matt Vierling/Brandon Marsh
SP: Zack Wheeler
SP: Aaron Nola
SP: Ranger Suárez
SP Noah Syndergaard
SP: Zach Eflin
RP: Seranthony Dominguez
RP: David Robertson
RP: Connor Brogdon
RP: Brad Hand
RP: Jose Alvarado