Three Free Agents the Philadelphia Phillies Should Sign

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Pitcher Zach Eflin #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies gets a hug from Bryce Harper #3 during the seventh inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 1, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Pitcher Zach Eflin #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies gets a hug from Bryce Harper #3 during the seventh inning of a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 1, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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The Philadelphia Phillies were a disappointment in 2019. Looking forward to the 2020 season, here is how they can fix that.

2019 was supposed to be a magical year for the Philadelphia Phillies. The future seemed bright and the playoffs seemed like a guarantee.

Aaron Nola emerged as an ace, finishing third in National League Cy Young voting.
Bryce Harper was signed to a monstrous, at-the-time record-setting $330 million deal.

By signing the young sensation, trading for other All-Stars like Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto, and signing 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, the Phillies increased their payroll by  $54 million and went from the 23rdhighest payroll in 2018, to the 11th highest in 2019.

However, 2019 was a disaster for the Phillies. Gabe Kapler was fired, in just his second season, after finishing fourth in the National League East with an 81-81 record. Philadelphia was possibly the most disappointing team in the National League

Harper was good but not as good as he should be. McCutchen tore his ACL early in the season. Their centerfielder Odubel Herrera was suspended most of the season. The team ranked 22nd in the majors for batting average and 17th in the majors in OPS. Their new lineup was underwhelming and disappointing.

Aaron Nola’s ERA rose 1.5 runs, but he was still the team’s best pitcher. Their rotation lacked depth. The Phillies had the 22nd worst opponent batting average and 17th in the majors for ERA. Their whole pitching staff was mediocre and needs to improve.

If the Philadelphia Phillies want to make the playoffs next season, addressing their pitching must be a priority. As it is shown by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, paying for starting pitching is worth it and will show results. Besides adding more pitching, the Phillies need to add another bat. Here three players the Phillies should target this free agency.