Phils' 2014 lineup could be set after recent moves
The Phillies just committed $42 million to Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd to help an offense that scored the fourth-fewest runs in baseball last season.
Nobody is expecting Ruiz and Byrd to turn the lineup into an offensive juggernaut. They are considered complementary pieces. Philadelphia's front office still believes Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins can lead the way. Yes, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. could make a big move before Opening Day on March 31 in Texas -- at this point, a trade is the only way to improve the offense -- but barring that, it looks like the heavy lifting for the 2014 offense is complete.
Not a surprise that there are no recent Phillies post they have been bad for a while. But there are some exciting things going on and at the deadline there are a few guys that will draw interest. Jeremy Hellickson for one who was awesome tonight against the Marlins.