The 2013 offseason hasn't exactly gone the way the Philadelphia Phillies drew it up. They came into the winter in need of a center fielder, a third baseman, a setup man and possibly, a corner outfielder and were on the verge of leaving baseball's notorious winter meetings with none of the above before an eleventh hour trade for former Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere.
Is it too soon to look ahead to the 2014 offseason?
Well, in this sport, it's never too soon to look ahead, but this slideshow has little to do with the shortcomings of the Phillies' front office this winter. It's more about taking a look at what could become a landmark offseason for this club.
In players like Roy Halladay, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies could have a ton of money coming off of the books. There are free agents available that could receive a big payday from a club like the Phils and trade targets that should become more available.
If you thought the 2013 offseason was interesting, just wait until 2014. The Phillies will be one year away from a mammoth TV deal and be faced with several of the classes' top free agents given the opportunity to jump ship.
What are the Phillies going to do?
Glad you asked. Consider this slideshow as a bit of a primer and a reminder. Here are 25 players (and reasons) to be excited about the 2014 offseason. Oh, the possibilities!