Hot Corner: Will the Phillies Turn it Around in 2016?

Ryan Howard
Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard connects for a bases-loaded, two-run single in the third inning of a baseball game with the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Last season, the Phillies had a league-worst record of 63-99 which led to the firing of GM Ruben Amaro (Amaro has since taken the position of first base coach with the Red Sox). With the Phillies roster made up of aging veterans at the start of last season, change came within the organization. They traded Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley to the Dodgers, and star pitcher Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers, getting a big return in young talent in the Hamels deal.

This season, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz remain Phillies as the team looks to get younger. The talent is there as they have young pieces in Maikel Franco and Ben Revere, but the team will be looking toward the future and waiting for their prospects to blossom as the team has no plans of spending big in the offseason.

In the offseason preview this week, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jake Kaplan shares his thoughts on the Phillies offseason plans.

The Hot Corner will break down every Major Leauge Baseball team and follow their offseason.

Author: Mick Tidrow

Play-by-Play and color broadcaster for Ball State Sports Link and WCRD 91.3 FM. Digital Sports Producer and writer.

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