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Phillies fans must be very excited, this season has been nothing short of a pleasant surprise, where we’ve actually been winning. This team’s success has been founded on pitching. A team near the bottom of the majors in runs scored wins by pitching their hearts out.
On the offensive side, we have Maikel Franco. Franco is a future piece to this team due to his plus defensive value and great bat. He is only hitting .243 with 7 home runs on 23 runs batted in, but this isn’t who he is. His potential is insurmountable compared to any hitter on this tea. Odubel Herrera is another player to watch. He is top five in walk and has been hitting above .300.
What makes the 2018 roster the contender? The Phillies will have developed their young talent by 2018. This means Aaron Nola, Maikel Franco and other will be feared on gameday. Along with being a big market team, the Phillies have ONE COMMITTED contracts to any past free agent on the team after 2017. That is to Matt Harrison, who is irrelevant. This means the entire team will be making pennies compared to other clubs.
The Phillies have money and need a power hitter and a left handed reliever. Moreland is a power hitter who in his time with the Rangers has never disappointed. Brian Matusz was a top five draft back in 2008. The 6'5 lefty has been a consistent bullpen arms besides in 2016. I expect a bounceback after being unfortunate to pitch for the O's his entire career.
- Mitch Moreland 3 Years/48MM
- Brian Matusz 2 Years/10MM
This is my most bold move. Why this works? The Phillies will need a staff ace, who's young and get strikeouts. That's Archer. In his past two seasons he has had a 3.23 and 4.38 earned run average, respectively. His strikeouts per nine are above eleven. He is the ace we need to push in October. In this trade, we'd give up C Andrew Knapp, RHP Ricardo Pinto, 1B Jhailyn Ortiz and RHP Nick Pivetta. The Philles would pay a hefty price, especially in Andrew Knapp but we have the depth to absorbs these losses. This is a move that winners make.
This is a winnign team with all the moves made to beat the best. This 2018 club is well rounded and there's enough money that the Phillies could still improve a lot off this. In a few years, we'll be World Series ready.