With the Philadelphia Phillies officially eliminated from playoff contention, the team must now fully turn their attention to the upcoming offseason and creating a game plan that gets them back atop the National League East standings as soon as possible.
That’s easier said than done.
The Phillies entered this season with the highest payroll in the NL, and were able to shed what was left of the salaries of Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton through non-waiver and waiver wire deals.
The team will also gain back flexibility if players such as Placido Polanco, Ty Wigginton and Jose Contreras are bought out.
How will the team’s roster look next season? Which current players are being included in long-term plans? Which positions will the team focus on through free agency, trades or both?
Here are the latest targets and rumors for the Phillies as they head into the offseason.