The Philadelphia Phillies put together a magical run in October that took them all the way to Game 6 of the World Series.
Philadelphia ultimately was defeated by the Houston Astros.
As the offseason gets underway, the Phillies have made clear that starting pitching is a priority.
General manager Dave Dombrowski stated that the Phillies planned on seeking a starting pitcher from outside the organization, but that they would keep the fifth spot up for grabs with Bailey Falter, Christopher Sanchez, and Andrew Painter competing for it in spring training.
Dave Dombrowski said they plan on keeping one rotation job open for a youngster in Falter, Sanchez, Painter. Will want to add another starter beyond that.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) November 16, 2022
Phils GM Lays Out Rotation Plan
With pitchers such as Carlos Rodon, Jacob deGrom, and Justin Verlander available in free agency, they could potentially build a deadly rotation by adding one of the three next to Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola.
As it stands, the Phillies have a solid rotation, with left-hander Ranger Suarez slotting into the No. 3 spot.
The addition of an ace would make them serious contenders for another World Series appearance.
As for the final spot, it appears that it will be up for grabs in spring training.
Falter went 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 20 appearances during the regular season.
The left-hander started 16 of those games and threw a total of 84 innings.
Sanchez appeared in just 15 games during the regular season, going 2-2 and posting a poor 5.63 ERA in 40 innings pitched.
The starting pitching market is full of viable options for the Phillies to choose from.