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Current Bullpen Options will not cut it

The Phillies need to improve the bullpen before the start of the 2023 season. Right now they have Seranthony Domínguez and José Alvarado as the main closers. Alvarado was great in the second half of 2022 but terrible in the first half. If he does not maintain the command of his pitches like he did last year during the second half, the Phillies will be in trouble. Matt Strahm is coming off an off-year last year. If he does not return to form, the Phillies will be hurting for a setup man. That leaves Andrew Bellatti or Connor Brogdon as the other setup man and Nick Nelson as the long man. The rest of the contenders for the Bullpen is iffy at best. Sam Coonrod is coming off an injury from last year. James McArthur does not appear to be near ready. Vinny Nittoli looks more like an AAA-level pitcher. Luis Ortiz is coming off a good year with San Francisco but was terrible with Baltimore in 2018 and 2019. That makes him a long shot at best. Michael Plassmeyer might be a long shot for a long man, but may be better as an AAA starter. Cristopher Sánchez might work as a setup man however, he has mostly been used as a starter and looks like AAA-level material to me. Andrew Vasquez is a long shot at best. This leaves the Phillies very weak in the bullpen. Letting Don Robinson sign with the Mets is likely to come back to haunt the Phillies. Craig Kimbrel has an iffy record. More bad years than good. I suggest trying to sign Andrew Chafin. Matt Wisler has had two good years in a row but long term he has been iffy. David Phelps has done well out of the bullpen the last two years but is considering retiring. The Phillies would have to work hard to get him. Matt Moore is iffy as we have seen before. Seth Lugo is likely to be no better than what the Phillies already have in the bullpen. Corey Knebel has command issues with his curveball and is injury prone. Ex Phillie, Archie Bradley is Iffy at best. Aroldis Chapman has seen better days. same problem with Will Smith. Scott Alexander may be a good pickup for a better long man than Nick Nelson. He has pitched well over the past three seasons. Brad Hand did a good job for the Philles. He is better than a lot of the other opinions out there and should be resigned. Alex Reyes has potential upside but the Phillies need help now. Ken Giles is iffy and a gamble at best. Most of the rest of the free-agent relief pitchers left may not be any help. Mick Abel would have to be converted from a starter to a reliever and would be a long shot for 2023 from the Phillies' top prospects. Griff McGarry is another long shot from the minors. Command will be the issue with him. The only other option is a trade which may be costly if we give up some of our daycare members of top prospects. Rhys Hoskins who may become too expensive to keep in 2024 may be the best player to trade. If the Phillies do that, they would be counting on Darick Hall against right-hand pitchers at first base and probably would need to consider either Donny Sands or J.T. Realmuto at first base against left-hand pitchers. If Sands cannot play first base, that leaves him as catcher and Realmuto at first base. One other thought. If Luke Williams does not get picked up as a Free Agent by anyone else, the Phillies should try to sign him to an AAA contract and have him work on his hitting. He can play many positions and has great speed as a base runner.