25 Bold Predictions for the Philadelphia Phillies' 2012 Offseason

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25 Bold Predictions for the Philadelphia Phillies' 2012 Offseason
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Shortstops, veteran closers, and the bench, oh my!

Those three positions will dominate the headlines for most of the off-season as far as the Philadelphia Phillies are concerned, each of which will be filled by a player that is anyone's guess in early November. Though many expect the team to re-sign Jimmy Rollins, will they make a play for Jose Reyes? Ryan Madson is the team's first choice as closer, but will they have to dive into a deep free agent pool to find their guy?

Who knows? 

That's the beauty of baseball and its off-season—no one does. If someone tells you they have all of the answers in early November, call them out on it, because they don't. Hundreds of players file for free agency each winter and this season is no different. The Phillies, like every other team, have a wish list, but they won't land every player on it.

In a large sense, the off-season is nothing more than a guessing game. The Phillies want a veteran closer, but who will they target? The popular belief is Madson, but who isn't to say that the team doesn't want Jonathan Papelbon or Heath Bell more?

At this point in the off-season, all we can do is make an educated guess—a prediction. This slide show will attempt to tie together the hundreds of rumors, rumblings, free agent rattlings, trade market indications, and any other "prediction" synonym you can think of and produce 25 predictions towards the path of the Phillies' off-season.

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