It’s completely possible the Phillies will have to rebuild their entire bullpen this offseason. Coming back will more than likely be Jose Alvarado (arbitration) and Connor Brogdon (pre-arb contract) as the real guarantees. They would be wise to sign Hector Neris to a new deal since he was pretty good in the second half of the season, but other than that, there are no guarantees.
Sam Coonrod and Seranthony Dominguez are about 99% guaranteed a spot, so that’s four. Will Bailey Falter head there as a left-handed long reliever or continue to be stretched out as a starter for the inevitable injury that’ll creep up? Is Adonis Medina an option?
Relief pitching is something we can almost guarantee they’ll spend some money on this winter. Adding a closer could be at the top of their list, but established closers aren’t cheap. Corey Knebel is probably their best option there as he won’t cost as much as the more well known guys, but his profile is trending upwards this postseason. He’d likely require a three-year deal at the minimum. We’ll just have to wait and see.
On to the links.
- How much money do the Phillies have to spend this winter? Corey Seidman breaks it down for us.
- Every player on the 40-man gets a forecast for what happens to them 2022.
- In their search for new leadership, the Mets are striking out on their top targets, having Billy Beane withdraw his name and David Stearns being denied permission to interview.
- Fernando Tatis, Jr. is not undergoing shoulder surgery to correct his issues, instead electing for muscle strengthening. This feels like a bad idea, but hopefully he gets right.
- Looks like Mike Shildt could emerge as a frontrunner to be the Padres next manager.
- Imagine trading for Joey Gallo, then deciding to trade him right away. The Yankees might do so.