The Phillies’ Rebuild

How the Phillies Used ‘Stupid Money’ to Rebuild Their Roster With the 2015 MLB free agent market officially in the books, I wanted to take a look at the Phillies’ rebuild, from the ground…

The Phillies’ Rebuild

How the Phillies Used ‘Stupid Money’ to Rebuild Their Roster

With the 2015 MLB free agent market officially in the books, I wanted to take a look at the Phillies’ rebuild, from the ground up. While the team went from one World Series title in a 15 year existence to the playoffs in its first year without the payroll (which included the 2011 championship in the NL East), the team has been operating with a significantly smaller payroll than the large market teams, which typically enjoy stability while rebuilding. So despite the Phillies’ overall budget being only one-fourth of what other major market teams operated with, the team has been able to create a competitive roster, despite the fact that their young players have struggled this season.

A common criticism of baseball rebuilds is that they require large amounts of money to take a team from one championship to another, with the only winners being the owners and/or the front office. In this case, while the team is not a huge winner, the money saved did allow the Phillies to invest in players with high value, that will make the Phillies competitive for the foreseeable future. The team’s top-tier free agents were Kevin Youkilis (former Phillie, now with the Yankees), Jimmy Rollins (former Phillie, now with the Red Sox), Chase Utley (former Phillie, now with the Dodgers), J.A. Happ (former Phillie, now with the Yankees), and Andrew McCutchen (former Mets, now with the Phillies), while the bottom tier free agents were Jason Heyward (former Cub, now with the Braves), Carlos Ruiz (former Cub, now with the Blue Jays), and A.J. Burnett (former Mets, now with the Marlins).

With only one of those major league players set to be free agents, the Phillies will have to figure out how to fill up the rest of their roster. Here’s where ‘stupid money’ came into play:

Pitching The Phillies were able to focus their roster on pitchers, while they were still underachieving in that department. They didn’t pay their pitchers as much

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