It's that time of year again. The time of year in which the Phillies are suspected to be going after a big free agent signing, but it never pans out (see Alfonzo Soriano). Every year their is so much suspense building up to this moment, but disappointment comes always.
The Phillies have already improved their team, in my opinion. They were involved in a five player trade with the Astros, in which they received reliever Brad Lidge and utility infielder Eric Bruntlett. They gave up Micheal Bourn, Geoff Geary, and Mike Costanzo. That could be a small price if the former all-star Brad Lidge returns to his old form. Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said that Lidge would be the closer, that would be moving Brett Myers back to the rotation
I think this is an improvement because the Phillies checked off something on their off season to-do list: get a good reliever. They did that by getting Lidge. The bullpen looks pretty good right now. You have Tom Gorden, J.C. Romero, Lidge, and others. I don't want to jinx them, though. Here is the projected starting rotation if the season started today: Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Kyle Kendrick, Adam Eaton (oh no!), and Jamie Moyer. The top three are excellent, but I hope Eaton is not on the team at the start of the season.
I think the Phillies should pick up one more average starter (maybe resign Kyle Lose, if they can) and also a third baseman, being as though they lost Abraham Nunez.
The Phillies have started off the off season good.