Phillies have plenty of work ahead as Winter Meetings open in San Diego

Matt Klentak at the Winter Meetings with the Phillies
With the Winter Meetings underway in San Diego, the Phillies are looking to add an infielder with pop to solidify the offense. Didi Gregorius fits that bill and, per multiple sources, is a prime target of Phills' GM Matt Klentak's.

Gregorius, if acquired, would take over at shortstop, allowing the Phillies to move Jean Segura to second base. Scott Kingery would then become the everyday third baseman.

Gregorius played under Phillies' new skipper Joe Girardi in New York, and the two appear to have a mutual admiration for each other.

Other potential targets include Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson, though the addition of either could potentially push the club beyond the $208 million luxury tax threshold.

The club also still needs to add another one or two backend starters, plus some bullpen arms. The club inked starting pitcher Zach Wheeler to a five-year deal worth $118 million last week, though the club has yet to announce the signing.

All this to say, expect some action this week.

The Phillies have also been linked to the two biggest arms on the market in Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, though it's not clear if the club is willing to go all-in on rotation depth over addressing the offense.

Owner John Middleton has said he's not interested in going over the luxury tax to simply make the Phillies a viable Wild Card contender. "You do it to add that one piece to reach the World Series," he said in November. "You don't do it unless you have the chance to win the whole thing."
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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