The season is over, which means the MLB offseason has begun. There are still a few days until things kick off properly. But by this time next week, we could start hearing about moves being made. Usually, it takes a bit longer than that for things to start. The MLB is not the NFL or the NBA where things immediately kick into 5th gear and we get rapid-fire moves on the first day of free agency. But we can at least move on from talking about everything the Phillies did wrong this post-season, and begin talking about what they should do to fix it.
And the Phillies do have a lot of work to do. Namely, what do they do with Aaron Nola? The Phillies’ longtime and often frustrating starter is set to hit Free Agency. And if you believe what Jayson Stark has been saying, he is going to get paid. If not by the Phillies, then by someone else. Do they give him the money he wants? If not, how do they replace him?
They also have to decide if they want to keep this same lineup going forward. All 9 guys who played every day in the playoffs are under contract. But do they want to bring back the same lineup after how poorly they hit in the final games of the NLCS? Or should they shake things up? And what about Rhys Hoskins? After missing all of last season, he is set to be a free agent, but do they want to bring him back? If so who does he replace? The Phillies have to figure all of this out, and soon. But before that, let’s get to know some of the important dates coming up in the MLB offseason.