The Philadelphia Phillies signing a new television deal has been on the rumor mill for quite some time. Yesterday the deal was finally made official. The Phillies signed a 25-year deal with Comcast Sportsnet, who is the Phillies primary channel. It was just announced that the deal is worth $2.5 billion. What does this mean for the team?
This offseason, the Phillies have not made any big moves. They have signed veteran players along with minor league deals that include invitations to spring training. It seems that the front office is a little bit nervous to take a risk.
I believe that with the money from this new deal a move needs to happen — just one big move, which isn’t asking for a lot. If the team wants to be serious contenders this season, then they have to be willing to spend money.
What can the Phillies spend money on? Their starting rotation is still questionable. Right now they have Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick and Cliff Lee locked in. For the other two spots, they are two arms that no one really knows what they are capable of. Having another known and strong arm in the rotation will help the team gain wins.
Another place where the team could spend the money is the bullpen. The bullpen did a good job last season, but adding another solid arm will help with the late innings. Most of the pitchers are only coming on their second year and may still have those rookie nerves. Adding a veteran pitcher would not be a bad idea.
The team could also think about adding a bat. Last season they lacked in scoring runs, so adding offense wouldn’t be bad. The only thing is there really isn’t a position open.
The Phillie now have a lot of options. I am not saying to just go and blow this money, but something does have to happen. It would be nice if they could go ahead and just make one move, then this offseason wouldn’t be a waste.