Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Ways to Come Back Even Stronger in 2013

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Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Ways to Come Back Even Stronger in 2013
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After winning five consecutive National League East titles, it’s hard to imagine the Philadelphia Phillies deciding to completely rebuild after just one down season.

Especially with a payroll in excess of $170 million.

So if the Phillies decide not to start over from scratch, and are even willing to push their payroll past the $178 million luxury-tax threshold, their best option is to use this offseason to come back even stronger in 2013 in hopes of having a season more reminiscent of 2011 than 2012.

But how do the Phils do that?

Do they trade Cliff Lee, or do they keep their three aces at the top of their starting rotation?  Do they spend big on a free-agent third baseman or scan the trade market for their next acquisition?  Just how many new outfield starters do they even need?

These are the types of questions that the Phils must answer this offseason in order to guard against another season like the one they are currently having.

Here are five ways the Phillies can come back stronger in 2013.

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