PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies experienced a seismic philosophical shift in 2014.
Back in February, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, the Phillies pushed forward with their belief they could earn a postseason berth. So on the eve of Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla., they signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year, $16 million contract. They believed a rotation with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Burnett and a healthy lineup with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard would return the Phillies to the postseason for the first time since 2011.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.