2. Michael Lorenzen
The Michael Lorenzen trade didn't go exactly as we'd hoped, but going on to win the World Series would obviously go a long way to changing that feeling.
If we don't, it's going to be hard to look back at Lorenzen's time in Philadelphia too fondly.
He seduced us with a 3.58 ERA across 18 starts to open the season with the Detroit Tigers, and that mark suddenly plummeted to 5.51 in 11 regular season games for the Phillies. It’s not like it was just worse luck after the trade either — his FIP soared from 3.86 in Detroit to 5.81 in Philadelphia, and he posted significantly worse marks in strikeouts per nine (dropped from 7.07 to 5.32) and walks per nine (jumped from 2.30 to 3.80).
With those struggles, Lorenzen has barely earned any work in the postseason.
He's only made two appearances so far, and while Game 6 was a solid enough showing, it certainly doesn't erase what we'd seen from him this season.
And that tiny postseason role may forecast just how much interest the Phillies are going to have when he hits free agency.
We can't rule out anything if the price is right, but it's hard to imagine the Phillies looking to spend a roster spot on giving Lorenzen another chance in 2024.