Get the starting rotation filled out with veteran arms
With the Phillies in a rebuilding state of mind, it looks as if Aaron Nola will get the ball on Opening Day in 2016. The Phillies can wish for Nola to perform like he did in nine starts in 2015. Nola was strong, recording a 4.03 ERA, with an average of 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings. If Nola can perform in 2016, the Phillies could have a young reliable arm atop of their rotation. Keep in mind that the right-hander was drafted in 2014 out of LSU and in the big leagues in a hurry.
The Phillies will also be looking into a veteran arm to help the staff. It is safe to say that the Phillies won’t be spending big on free agents for the next few seasons, but it won’t hurt to bring in an experienced arm to work with. This could provide length for the Phillies and if nothing else, the ball club could look to move him at the deadline to a team in a playoff race if they are not themselves. The Chicago Cubs did it to get Jake Arrieta, and everyone knows how that turned out. Mat Latos, Doug Fister and Bud Norris could all be potential candidates.
Jerad Eickhoff, currently the Phillies number two pitcher, needs to develop over the offseason. The youngster was 3-3 in 2015 posting a 2.65 ERA in 51 innings pitched. If Eickhoff can develop his slider and curve, he will be a huge piece in the rotation in 2016.