The Philadelphia Phillies are once again the odds-on favorite to represent the National League in the 2012 World Series. They return the best (yes, Davey Johnson, they are the best) starting rotation in MLB with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, and Vance Worley, Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick have been terrific this spring.
That's not to say that the Phillies don't have their concerns heading into this World Series-or-bust year. The "Big Piece" Ryan Howard suffered a "setback" in his rehab from Achilles surgery, and Chase Utley is "doubtful" for Opening Day with two problematic knees.
The Phillies will look to deal Joe Blanton and rid themselves of a large portion (large and Joe Blanton go hand-in-hand) of his contract before the trade deadline. They've traded away a lot of top-tier talent to acquire some of the biggest names in the game in Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Pence.
All of those players have played substantial roles in the Phillies' recent success and are major reasons (besides Oswalt) why this team still has as good a shot as anyone to win it all.
Let's take a look back, though, and see which players the Phillies will regret losing.