We’re a little more than halfway through the offseason, and the Philadelphia Phillies have been pretty active to say the least. There weren’t a whole lot of familiar faces when we began the offseason, as Cole Hamels and Chase Utley were traded away over the summer and Jimmy Rollins was dealt last winter. Additionally, the 2015 season saw the departures of Jonathan Papelbon (traded to Washington), and Cliff Lee (Phils declined option, buying him out).
Nonetheless, newly-minted GM Matt Klentak was busy, giving this team a “face-lift.” The currently rebuilding Phillies added a number of veterans that are currently in a downslope, looking to revitalize their careers. Players like Jeremy Hellickson, and Charlie Morton have been acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively. Klentak also found a way to turn young talent with experience, into multiple pieces (perhaps even a cornerstone) for the future, when he traded Ken Giles to the Houston Astros for a highly-touted package including top prospects Vincent Velasquez and Mark Appel, among others.
While Klentak has done an amazing job as General Manager to this point, Phillies Nation still has questions. Let’s get right down to it, and take a look at the five questions that are still burning on the Phillies Hot Stove.