Regardless of incomes their Wild Card berth on the final day of standard season baseball (mockingly beating the Astros at house), the Phillies have come up quick of their quest to win their third World Collection title. Having performed via a roller-coaster of a season with scorching streaks, chilly streaks, a managerial substitute, and an damage to their star participant, Philadelphia danced their way to their first playoff look since 2011 and their first World Collection since 2009, defeating the Cardinals, Braves, and Padres en path to the Fall Traditional.
Because the franchise pivots to low season mode, they are going to have a couple of inquiries to reply beginning with Jean Segura. Beforehand mentioned in MLBTR’s 2022-23 Free Agent Collection, Segura headlines a comparatively weak second-base free agent class, and the Phillies at the moment maintain a $17MM membership choice with a $1MM buyout on the veteran’s 2023 service. On the heels of a strong 2022 season which noticed him submit a .277/.336/386 slash line, the Phillies might decide to save cash and use a mix of Edmundo Sosa and Bryson Stott to man second base, having rumored curiosity in long-time Pink Sox Xander Bogaerts.
For his half, Segura has expressed a want to stay in Philadelphia, having advised the media, “to be trustworthy, there’s nothing extra particular than taking part in in entrance of Phillies followers…It’s only a pleasure to have the ability to play in entrance of these wonderful followers,” experiences Tim Kelly of Phillies Nation. Segura went on so as to add that he “would love to complete my profession in Philadelphia.”
The Phillies at the moment have an estimated 2023 Payroll of $161MM, per Roster Resource. After having spent $242MM this previous season, the membership is predicted to proceed so as to add to their core of Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Nick Castellanos, and Kyle Schwarber together with youthful gamers comparable to Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm, and Bryson Scott.
For his half, Harper is certain that President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and proprietor John Middleton are going so as to add to the workforce, telling reporters that “we’re gonna be the identical workforce however with some extra items to make us that significantly better,” per NBC Sports Philadelphia. Supervisor Rob Thomson shares an analogous sentiment, telling reporters after the sport that the Phillies roster is “sustainable,” occurring to elucidate that Philadelphia has “ group of veteran guys, and our system is beginning to get loaded up with superb arms on the finish of the minor league system,” per Maria McIlwain of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Harper, regardless of being identified with a tear in his proper UCL in early Could, slashed a robust .286/.364/.514 with 18 homers, incomes his first journey to the All-Star recreation in a Phillies uniform. He missed further time throughout the season, initially touchdown on the 10-day IL in late June with a fractured left thumb earlier than being shifted to the 60-day IL in mid-August. However, because of the introduction of the common DH, the Phillies had been in a position to make use of Harper in a DH-only vogue, salvaging a season from their star participant. This rule change helped the Phillies attain the postseason, during which Harper slashed an outlandish .349/.414/.746 with 6 homers in 63 at-bats.
Now that the 2022 season is formally over, Harper’s rehabilitation plan will seemingly come to mild within the upcoming days. Place gamers which have just lately suffered harm to their UCL embrace Dodgers’ infielder Max Muncy on the finish of the 2021 season and Rangers’ shortstop Corey Seager at the beginning of the 2018 season. Muncy opted to not endure surgical procedure and mentioned that the recovery was not as quick as he had hoped and that six months after the damage, he wasn’t totally recovered. In distinction, Seager underwent surgical procedure and missed the rest of the season earlier than returning for the 2020 season. Harper and the Phillies haven’t indicated which route he’ll take, however, relying on the severity of the damage, the beginning of his 2023 season could also be delayed.