Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
A year ago, the Philadelphia Phillies wasted little time raiding the free agent market. In the first 17 days of free agency, the Phillies signed future Hall of Famer Jim Thome to solidify their bench and inked All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to the richest contract in baseball history for a relief pitcher. It remains to be seen if the Phillies act as fast this winter, but it might not be a terrible idea with multiple holes to fill and a top-heavy free agent class. After finishing in third place and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2006, the Phillies are expected to be a active as ever in an attempt to restore a championship-caliber roster before spring training. Despite a disappointing season, the Phils are confident they can return to prominence on the strength of a starting pitching staff that includes two former Cy Young Award winners (Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee) and a former World Series MVP (Cole Hamels). The health and production of Chase Utley and former M...
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