The Phillies at a crossroads
Sooner or later, I expected the mounting injuries to catch up to the Phillies. Their nice run was fun while it lasted, but now they’re on a four-game losing streak as they face Miami on the road, which is not a good venue for them.
That being said, I think the benefits of the managerial change are real. And Juan Segura, Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, Connor Brogdon, Zach Eflin and Ranger Suarez are supposed to return.
I’m wonder what Dave Dombrowski’s thinking is. Will the team’s president of baseball operations trade prospects for immediate help? Or will he wait for the injured guys to come back?
For the first time I can remember, the club boasts three highly regarded pitching prospects – Mick Abel, Andrew Painter and Griff McGarry. I’m wary about including any of them in a deal for someone who’s only going to be a rental.
So the good news about the farm system is that it’s clearly improving. The bad news is that none of their best prospects will be ready for the majors until next season – or later.
Maybe there’s a way to get someone cheap like outfielder Joey Gallo, who’s been a bust in New York. But the Phils could also use a bullpen piece or two and a starter in case either Eflin or Suarez doesn’t come back.
And what will all this cost? Or will Dombrowski decide the price is too great because he doesn’t want to mortgage the future? Stay tuned.