The 2013 season has been a lost cause for the Philadelphia Phillies. Sitting at 68-78, the team is out of division title contention and is just six losses away from elimination from a potential wild card.
There have been many ups and downs for the Phillies in 2013. Charlie Manuel's dismissal definitely comes to mind as a low point, as does the team's lack of a committed stance at the July 31 trade deadline. Some of the high points have been the emergence of Domonic Brown as an All-Star and a better winning percentage under interim manager Ryne Sandberg than under Manuel on the season.
Nevertheless, the year has been painful to watch, and it would have been much more had the team had loftier expectations. At this point, fans and the team alike await the merciful coming of the offseason, giving the players a chance to hit the reset button for 2014 in addition to an opportunity to bolster the roster.
While it's too early to count on Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. making any specific moves, it's not too early to speculate upon what he might do. Here's six early predictions for the Phillies' upcoming offseason.