A good look at the Phillies of the last decade. Unlike a lot of articles, there’s not one great “pull quote” to highlight. It’s well worth reading in its entirety.
The Phillies, still without a winning season since 2011, have reached the point where the proverbial final pieces — the expensive veteran stars — have not only been added but are leaving: catcher J.T. Realmuto is a free agent; starter Jake Arrieta’s three-year contract is spent; closer David Robertson’s two-year deal — remember that? — just expired; and infielder Jean Segura is reportedly coming up in trade talks. The Phillies might still get good, but they’re no longer:
young, as their hitters and pitchers were both older than league average in 2020;
cheap, as their payroll is back in the league’s top 10, where it was before they stripped down;
rich in prospects, as their farm system ranked in the bottom 10 last year;
clearly contenders, as (way premature) ZiPS projections for next year see the Phillies as currently constituted winning around 76 games.
Source: Sam Miller, ESPN