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If you have a chance to get one of the best players in the game, you do it. If you can upgrade either Altherr or Williams with Yelich, you go for it. I don't see what the problem is.

Chris. I

The problem is our outfield minus Herrera is costing us practically nothing at the moment. And not to mention the fact that Altherr and williams (especially Altherr has a higher ceiling than Yelich at the moment). We have one more "preview" next season before we actually see what these guys are capable of, before we're in position to go "ALL IN"" for 2018. It's been awhile since the team has been in a position like this, to have the chance to control its own destiny. Of course we have the money to burn, but why burn in toward an area that doesn't need upgrading? Our offense going into next season just got a lot more scarier with the presence of Hopkins. Our areas of need Are pitching. And lots of it!! Let's get a guy like Arieta or Otani from FA, AND trade for a guy like Stroaman (right there we'd have a nasty top 3). Sign Rodney to a one year deal (slot him into closer) that way we can save our bullets for Kimbrel for 18 FA. and one more Reliever like Drew Storen to a 1-2 year deal. That right there would set us up nicely to go all for the 2018 shopping spree with a championship team. Cheers


Yelich is younger and better and it's not even close. What if guys take a step back? How are we going to go "all in"?? Nobody's gonna wanna play here unless we have some stars to build around. Arrieta? He's been getting worse since two years ago. Haven't Lee and Halladay taught us anything about workhorse pitchers who enter their mid-30s? Come in man, and Rodney? Drew Storen? Isn't he injured for all of next year? Get a grip, dude.


I think you sink or swim with your current pitching. Young pitchers have to go through adversity to become better. If you start with them next year, and past the half-way mark in the season, they haven't improved, then you know in the future, they are not part of your plans. And not mentioned in the article is that Cole Irvin (LH pitcher) will be with the team at some point in 2018, maybe even starting the year with them, if the Phillies do not have that archaic mentality that every player must go through all minor league levels. Give me a break.

Don Schell

Need a#1 SP followed by Nola-Pivetta- Eickhoff. Maybe Thompson-Eflin-Velasquez [if healthy]The rest are junk ball pitchers not able to get out of the very low 90's and no command.

Larry Degnan

I don't understand why people harp on about the money remaining on Stanton's deal yet casually throw out Harper who is going to cost likely $35-$40M/year on a 10-year deal with multiple opt outs.

One of the major reasons this team has been so lousy since 2012 is the corner OF play which has been among the worst in MLB.

I can understand the reluctance in having to give up a lot of talent to acquire Yelich and take on Stanton's deal or a large portion of it especially given Stanton's opt out.

This idea that the Phillies shouldn't acquire a corner OF bat simply because of Williams or Altherr (let alone Quinn or Cozens) is highly flawed thinking. Upgrades should always be pursued or examined especially in the Phils' present situation.

Don Schell

Phillies OF is full of strike out players. They are loaded in MiL OF. Trade for Stanton/Yelich and still have replacements in 3-4 years

Chris. I

I mentioned guys like Rodney and storen simply because there veteran guys who could help with such a young team. Not to mention they'd both come with cheap, one or two year deals which wouldn't hurt other potential signings

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