With the Phillies officially clinching a postseason berth on Tuesday, it’s time to buckle down. After falling short in the World Series last year, Philly has some unfinished business to take care of.
Unfortunately, not everyone on the roster will be able to come back next year, regardless of how the next month plays out. Some will leave because of performance reasons or because they’re getting too expensive, or because there just simply won’t be room on the roster for them next year.
With that in mind, here are three Phillies players who will be gone after the playoffs.
3 Phillies Leaving After Postseason
1. Michael Lorenzen
Lorenzen was our big swing at the trade deadline, and he ended up being a big miss.
He got off to a good start initially, but that no-hitter feels like years ago now. He fell apart shortly thereafter and has been basically unpitchable for the last month, forcing Rob Thomson to move him to the bullpen.
Lorenzen hasn’t been great there, either, giving up 4 runs in 1 1/3 innings over his first 2 relief appearances. I’m not sure what happened, but he looks totally lost on the mound right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets left off the postseason roster at this point, although I’m not sure Dave Dombrowski would allow it.
He’s going to be a free agent this winter, and unless he suddenly turns into Sandy Koufax in the postseason, I can’t see us bringing him back. A 5.89 ERA and a 6.05 FIP just isn’t going to cut it, especially not when you’re trying to win a championship.
Lorenzen is going to be 32 in January, too, so his best days may already be behind him. We’re better off letting someone else take the risk on him.
He was always going to be a rental, and this winter will be the perfect time to cut bait.