The Philadelphia Phillies are expecting to “reload” this season. Last year, the Phillies had a record of 73-89. The team finished fourth in the NL East. Their most standout players were Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins. These four players will all be returning this season.
During the Phillies’ offseason, they made a two-year, $16 million deal for Marlon Byrd. Also, general manager Ruben Amaro re-signed veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz. Another player re-signed is 35-year-old Utley. This took some people by surprise because of his age. He missed a huge chunk of last season due to a chronic condition in his knees.
A weakness in the Phillies has been hitting. Featured columnist for bleacherreport.com, Alec Snyder, predicts that Ben Revere and Utley will lead off in the batting order. They have been strong hitters in past years.