We are at that point in the offseason where it isn't hard to picture Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. leaning back in his comfy office chair, resting his chin on his folded hands and quietly murmuring to himself, "I love it when a plan comes together."
Okay, so maybe that is a little dramatic, and the offseason definitely has not gone according to at least the first three plans that the Phillies drew up, but you can certainly see some plan starting to take shape.
The Phillies addressed a pair of their biggest concerns at the winter meetings when they acquired Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins to play center field (via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com) and laid the groundwork to an eventual deal for former Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young to play third base (via Paul Hagen of MLB.com).
That left the Phillies with a few more needs to address. They found themselves still in need of a corner outfielder with power, a setup man and a back of the rotation starting pitcher. Now, they have addressed two thirds of those needs, signing pitchers Mike Adams (via Ken Rosenthal on Twitter) and John Lannan to contracts (via Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly on Twitter).
Now, the Phillies can use their remaining funds to find that corner outfielder with some pop, and these are all of the hottest rumors in that pursuit.