The Philadelphia Phillies were two wins away from a World Series title this year.
Against all odds, the team not only made the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade, but it also reached the Fall Classic and took two games from the Houston Astros.
The Astros were the better team and won, but fans and some people in the team have a feeling that another star could have gone a long way in boosting the Phillies’ chances.
Knowing Phillies general manager Dave Dombrowksi, he will make sure his team has a real chance to add some game-changing talent to an already impressive core of Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Alec Bohm, J.T. Realmuto, Nick Castellanos, Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and more.
“Longtime agent: ‘The Phillies will wind up with one of the (elite) shortstops. That’s going to happen.’ The elite shortstops available in FA: Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson, Trea Turner,” MLB insider Buster Olney had tweeted.
The Phillies Will Likely End Up With A Top Shortstop
Fellow ESPN reporter Jesse Rogers doubled down on that thought: “A non Philly executive nearly said the same thing to me: ‘Dave Dombrowski isn’t going to sit on his hands. His owner seems to be on the same page. I almost wonder how the Phillies don’t get one of them,'” he wrote on Thursday.
A non Philly executive nearly said the same thing to me: "Dave Dombrowski isn't going to sit on his hands. His owner seems to be on the same page. I almost wonder how the Phillies don't get one of them." https://t.co/4vxf8qSiMf
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) November 30, 2022
That leaves them with a hole on the infield’s most important position and lots of money to spend.
Their priority seems to be Trea Turner, capable of hitting 20 homers and stealing 30 bases every year.
If they can’t sign him, Bogaerts, Correa, and Swanson are terrific consolation prizes.
The Phillies will be much tougher in 2023.