With the end of the season drawing near, the Phillies will be preparing first for a change in the front office ranks, as Andy MacPhail will be succeeding Pat Gillick as the team president. If he doesn’t assume direct control of baseball operations, he’ll be in charge of naming someone for that position, as well as finding a new GM after letting Ruben Amaro, Jr. go last week. And then he’ll have to find a permanent manager and revamp the coaching staff. It’ll be a project, to say the least.
Once the Phillies have names written next to their leadership positions, they can begin worrying about their 2016 roster configuration. By early December, they will have to identify to which players they will and will not tender a contract. Currently, 10 players are eligible for arbitration and they’ll have to make decisions on all 10 of them. Let’s run down this list in some detail.