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Philadelphia Phillies Preview

ABOUT BASEBALL previews the 2005 Philadelphia Phillies


2004 Record: 86-76, 2nd place in NL East
Ballpark: Citizens Bank Park
Manager: Charlie Manuel

2005 Prediction: 77-85, last place, NL East

New In Town:
Terry Adams (RP, rhp) via free agency from Red Sox
Mike Bacsik (rhp) via free agency from Rangers
Clay Condrey (OF) from minors
Aaron Fultz (RP, lhp) via free agency minors
Jon Lieber (SP, rhp) via free agency from Yankees
Pedro Liriano (RP, rhp) via waivers from Brewers
Aaron Myette (RP, rhp) via free agency from Reds
Jose Offerman (2B) via free agency from Twins

Outta Here:
Jake Gautreau (IF) via trade to Indians
Doug Glanville (OF) via free agency to Yankees
Dave Hansen (IF) via free agency to Cubs
Roberto Hernandez(RP, rhp) via free agency to Mets
Todd Jones(RP, rhp) via free agency to Marlins
Josias Manzanillo (RP, rhp) via free agency to Red Sox
Eric Milton(SP, lhp) via free agency to Reds
Kevin Millwood (SP, rhp) via free agency to Indians
Aaron Myette(RP, rhp) via free agency to Japan

Lineup:
Jimmy Rollins SS
Marlon Byrd CF
Bobby Abreu RF
Jim Thome 1B
Pat Burrell LF
Chase Utley 2B
Mike Lieberthal C
David Bell 3B

Rotation:
Jon Lieber RHP
Randy Wolf LHP
Vicente Padilla RHP
Cory Lidle RHP
Brett Myers RHP
Billy Wagner RHP - Closer

Outlook: Good lineup of hitters, especially the underrated Abreu - but the team lacks an ace.

Ex-Cub & Yankee Lieber is a solid no. 3 hurler on a good team. Phillies won't be an embarrassment - there's a lot of talent here. But they may have the least intimidating pitching staff in the East. 

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