5 Crucial Moves the Philadelphia Phillies Must Make to Stay Atop the NL

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5 Crucial Moves the Philadelphia Phillies Must Make to Stay Atop the NL
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Over the last five years, it's been business as usual for the Philadelphia Phillies. Five straight NL East titles, a World Series Win in 2008 and a bevy of high profile acquisitions have labeled this team a serious threat every October.

On paper, the Phillies are a well-rounded team with dominant pitching and veteran sluggers. But erratic offensive production has been the Achilles heel for a team trying to make it back to the Fall Classic since its magnificent run in 2008. Last season's heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Divisional Playoffs exposed some major flaws with the Phillies that need to be addressed this offseason.

Here's a look at five imperative moves—within the current team and by acquisition—the Phillies must make to be a legitimate contender in the 2012 season.

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