Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 3/25/12
There is a race going on in Phillies camp: Who will come back first, Ryan Howard or Chase Utley? When you are five time National League champion, not many question should come from within the camp. But there is one problem. The Phillies are getting old. When your core is older than 30, you are going to have problems. It is why the Mets folded in 2007, why the Braves can ‘t hold on to Chipper Jones forever, and why the 2011 Mets traded Franky Rodriguez. Not because Rodriguez was old, but the Mets would not get good when Rodriguez was still effective. The Phils will have a new first baseman, new second baseman and third baseman Placido Polanco is an injury away from being replaced at third. The only sure returnee is shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who is 33. Still, when you bring in Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee (twice) and Cole Hamels, plus a backend bullpen featuring Jonathan Papelbon, you are the favorite in the National League Eastern Division. But the Marlins, Braves, Nationals and even the M...
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