The Philadelphia Phillies got to the World Series and were two victories away from winning it.
Ultimately, the Houston Astros showed why they were the favorites in the first place and took the Fall Classic in six games, but the Phillies were both exciting and competitive for the most part.
Despite a regular season in which they won just 87 games and were close to collapsing and losing their playoff spot, they made it really far with a roster that certainly had some flaws.
However, Bryson Stott was their shortstop, and while he is good with the glove, he didn’t offer too much with his bat (.234/.295/.358 with an 83 wRC+ in 466 plate appearances).
And they also need to replace second baseman Segura, who is hitting free agency.
The Phillies Are Aiming High
Rumors indicate that the Phils may be looking to make a big splash in free agency, landing the best shortstop available.
“Word at the owners meetings is that the Phillies are the most likely landing spot for Trea Turner, according to @jonmorosi,” NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark tweeted.
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 10, 2022
If the Phillies manage to land Trea Turner and bring in another reliable starter and reliever, they could actually challenge the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets for the NL East title and have a better shot at winning it all in late October/early November.
Turner is a real difference-maker at shortstop, offering a fantastic bat (.298/.343/.466, 21 home runs, 128 wRC+, 101 runs, 100 RBI), excellent defense, and elite speed (27 stolen bases).
Imagine him at the top of the lineup with Schwarber, Harper, Realmuto, Castellanos and others.
That would be really difficult to navigate for pitchers.
Can the Phils make it happen?
It will cost them dearly, though.