Man, the Philadelphia Phillies' players are getting old.
In fact, the Phillies have the oldest team in the majors, with the average player on the team being 29.9 years old. Last year, nobody in the infield for the team was under the age of 31 and the only everyday starter under the age of 30 was Hunter Pence. The starting rotation also saw three out of its five pitchers over the age of 32.
The team needs to get younger in order to remain a consistent contender. While the deals the Phillies have been creating to acquire All-Star and Cy Young-caliber talent have been great, the Phillies have lost roughly a dozen top prospects in those trades. The Phillies' farm system is thinning, and if current trends continue, it will continue to thin out more and more, and when it's time to bring up in-house players to play at the major league level, little-to-no talent will be there.
The Phillies are a win-now team, that's a given. But in order to remain a contender past 2012, the Phillies will have to look ahead and figure out what will get them younger so they aren't overpaying washed up veterans to man every position for the next 10 years.
Here's ten ways how the Phillies can do just that.