"One of the advantages that we have as a big market club is that we've been able to take advantage of the past couple of years to trade some key assets to get younger," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said during the Winter Meetings. "Another huge advantage we have is that we have a very dedicated ownership that we know will spend when the time is right. That combination of factors should -- on paper -- put the Phillies in a pretty good spot."
Do some of the recently acquired veterans limit opportunities for the young players? Yes, but not having long-term commitments to those veterans means they could be traded before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline or jettisoned to make room for a prospect that deserves a promotion.
"One of the critical components of my job is to manage today and look out for Opening Day 2017," Klentak said. "But I also have to be looking one and two and five years out. To successfully balance the present and the future is the single greatest challenge that baseball operations will face."
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.