With less than three weeks to go until spring training begins, the Philadelphia Phillies are putting the finishing touches on an offseason that saw its share of moves and non-moves.
The Phillies essentially began creating holes that needed to be filled following their moves at the July non-waiver trade deadline, and entered this offseason with plenty of options but few courses of action that guaranteed success.
Even with this in mind, some of their decisions may still have come as surprises.
Despite several free agent center fielders available, the Phillies looked to the trade market to acquire Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins, creating a hole in their starting rotation in the process. Although Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis remain on the roster, the Phillies acquired Michael Young from the Texas Rangers to take over at third base.
And, according to CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies recently signed Delmon Young, proving that they weren’t finished making moves just yet.
However, for each player that the Phils acquired, multiple other options existed in players who either signed elsewhere or priced themselves out of the Phillies price range.
Here is a timeline of the moves and non-moves from this offseason that have led to the 2013 Phillies squad that will soon take the field in spring training.