A team that recently set the record for most games over .500 in franchise history is sure to bring back all of its players next season, right?
Not if that team is the Philadelphia Phillies.
Very rarely in sports does a team remain the same from one year to the next. Whether they decide to keep their roster the same, let players go, or bring in new acquisitions, teams either become better or worse.
And the Phillies are no exception.
After winning 93 games in 2009, the Phils went out and traded for pitcher Roy Halladay and finished with their highest win total since 1993.
Last offseason, the team signed pitcher Cliff Lee, before acquiring outfielder Hunter Pence prior to this season’s trade deadline. And now the Phillies are on pace for over 100 victories.
But what about next year?
For a team that has little breathing room between themselves and the luxury tax threshold, and who still has to pay up in order to keep shortstop Jimmy Rollins and starter Cole Hamels long term, the chances of bringing back the entire roster appear slim to none.
Not that the Phillies would necessarily like to have every current player back.
But which current Phils have the highest chances of not returning?