PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies interim president Pat Gillick offered some sobering news this offseason when he said the club would likely not contend again until 2017 … at the earliest.
That is how far the Phillies have fallen since a franchise-record 102-victory season in 2011. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said five years ago if he could not build a championship-caliber club with a $140 million payroll, then that is his fault. The Phillies had a franchise-record $180 million payroll in 2014, but lost 89 games for the second consecutive season and finished last in the National League East for the first time since 2000.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.