Not only did the Phillies fail to make the playoffs in 2020, but their postseason drought is also now the longest in all the National League. It has been 9 years since the ballclub has played a meaningful game in October, and the faithful are starting to grow restless. It comes as no surprise that ownership has decided to make a change.
General Manager Matt Klentak lost his job after last season, and the front office has since undergone a makeover. Dave Dombroski was brought in to serve as the President of Baseball Operations, and Sam Fuld was promoted to the GM title. Dombroski and his team have spent the last several months making moves to gear up for the upcoming season, bolstering the team in the process.
With that being said, there are still a few glaring holes on the roster, most notably in the bullpen and off the bench. Here are 5 names the Phillies should consider bringing in with Spring Training fast approaching.
- Jose Alvarez (LHP)
Alvarez spent the last 2 seasons as a reliever with the Phillies and has pitched rather effectively. His 2020 campaign ended prematurely after taking a line drive off the groin, and his production was sorely missed. The southpaw could serve as a veteran of sorts to a largely inexperienced bullpen group.
- Tyler Clippard (RHP)
Few bullpen arms have logged as many innings as Tyler Clippard over the past decade, but that’s for good reason. The guy flat out knows how to pitch, and get hitters out late in games. He would be a welcome addition to the backend of the bullpen.
- Matt Joyce (OF)
The veteran outfielder has spent the past few seasons in the NL East, with Atlanta and Miami. A power threat from the left-hand side, Joyce could take the spot occupied by Jay Bruce, who did not resign. Joyce also has connections with GM Sam Fuld, being the two played together in Tampa Bay.
- Jason Kipnis (UTL)
The longtime Cleveland Indian spent his first season in the NL last year with the Cubs and helped them capture a NL Central title. Kipnis, a two-time all-star, may not have the bat-speed he once had in his prime, but I feel as if he still has something left in the tank.
- Brad Miller (UTL)
“Bamboo Brad” had a stint with the Phillies in 2019, and was well-liked by fans and teammates alike. Miller is a strong utility man, who can play multiple positions. Our bench could use his bat from the left-hand side.