5 Phillies on Thin Ice This Offseason

The Phillies need to make some changes in order to make the leap and win a World Series, and that puts these guys on thin ice.

5 Philadelphia Phillies players on thin ice this offseason.
5 Philadelphia Phillies players on thin ice this offseason. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Gregory Soto

Speaking of relievers on thin ice, welcome to the party Mr. Soto!

After coming over from the Detroit Tigers via trade last winter, Soto was a major disappointment in his first year with the Phillies (sound familiar, Michael Lorenzen?). He went 3-4, his ERA ballooned from 3.28 to 4.62 and he was worth 0.0 wins above replacement.

Not surprisingly, Soto struggled in the playoffs as well, finishing October with a 6.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP in 5 appearances.

That will not do, especially with Soto scheduled for a raise in arbitration this winter. He's going to be 29 next year, and there's no need to spend millions of dollars on a replacement-level reliever when you can get one for a fraction of the price.

If Soto isn't traded again and survives the offseason, he needs to pitch better next year if he wants to keep his job in high-leverage situations.