The Philadelphia Phillies have opened up the winter meetings with a bang.
On Monday afternoon, the Phillies agreed to a massive contract with shortstop Trea Turner.
Most people around the Phillies knew they were interested in signing one of the star shortstops available.
It just so happens that they landed the best one.
For a team that was always hesitant to hand out massive contracts in free agency, the Phillies are now one of the premier spenders.
The Phillies recognize the talent on their roster and they are looking to keep these players in Philadephia for a long-time.
there have been 2 free-agent contracts of MORE than 10 years, ever:
Bryce Harper’s 13 years with PHI
Trea Turner’s reported 11 years…also with PHI https://t.co/DwBoKKwxZz
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) December 5, 2022
As former teammates and friends from their days with the Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper and Trea Turner should finish their careers as Phillies.
The signing of Harper back in 2019, was the start of the aggressiveness in free agency for the Phillies.
Some teams have had success drafting and developing, but the Phillies have found their niche in free agency.
Owner John Middleton is not afraid to spend over the luxury tax to put the best team on the field.
Now is the time for the Phillies to cash in and win a world championship.
Building A Championship Roster
As the Phillies continue to navigate through free agency, they should be in the market for some pitching help.
With the addition of Turner, their lineup looks like one of the best in the MLB.
But, their pitching staff leaves a lot to be desired.
Then they should take a look at the bullpen as well.
Plenty of moves are yet to be made for the defending National League champions.
But, signing Turner was certainly a great start.