Will there be a platoon at any position in the outfield? I think it should be a solid outfield with John Mayberry Jr. in left, Ben Revere in center and Delmon Young in right.
-- Connor S., Bear, Del.
We know Revere will be the everyday center fielder, and if Young is healthy and can handle the job defensively, I would expect him to be the everyday right fielder. That leaves left field. It is too early to say exactly what will happen there, but I could see a platoon. It depends on who wins the final outfield job. If it is Domonic Brown, I could see Brown and John Mayberry Jr. sharing the position. If it is Darin Ruf, I could see Laynce Nix getting some at-bats against righties. But Mayberry seems like an ideal guy for a platoon. He has a career .875 on-base plus slugging percentage against left-handers, and a .680 OPS against right-handers. In limited at-bats, Brown has a .736 OPS against right-handers, compared to a .586 OPS against left-handers. It just might work.
With the addition of Delmon Young, how do you see the lineup? Will Ben Revere lead off?
--Jack S., Lancaster, Pa.
I suspect Jimmy Rollins will be the Phillies' leadoff hitter Opening Day. Other than that, Charlie Manuel has choices. Here's my best guess: 1. Jimmy Rollins; 2. Michael Young; 3. Chase Utley; 4. Ryan Howard; 5. Delmon Young; 6. Domonic Brown/Darin Ruf/John Mayberry Jr.; 7. Erik Kratz; 8. Revere. Revere could certainly hit higher in the lineup, but Manuel wants to see him in Spring Training before deciding.
Do you think Ruben Amaro Jr. went low risk/high reward this offseason? If the Phillies are sellers at the Trade Deadline, then they can load up for 2014.
--Kevin K., Woodbury Heights, N.J.
I think the Phillies made short-term deals because they believe they can win in '13, but these moves also give them plenty of flexibility going forward. Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Michael Young and Delmon Young will all be free agents following the season. If things go badly during the first half, they should have no problem dealing these guys before the Trade Deadline. The same goes for other players under their control, too.
I know Michael Bourn would cost the Phillies, but why not try and sign him, then put existing players at right and left field?
-- Mark R., Ewing, N.J.
You answered your own question: It would cost too much.
With the Braves trading for for Justin Upton, they are the team to beat. What chance do the Phillies have now? They let the Braves build the best outfield in baseball. Why didn't the Phillies make a run at the Uptons?
-- Orlando B., Philadelphia
The Phillies tried to get B.J. and Justin Upton, but fell short both times. The Braves offered B.J. Upton a five-year, $75 million deal. The Phillies offered him a five-year, $55 million contract. I wouldn't have given B.J. Upton more than $75 million, but that's just me. The Phillies also called the D-backs about Justin Upton, but Philadelphia didn't have what Arizona wanted. On paper, the Nationals and Braves are better than the Phillies, especially considering the Phillies' health issues and other concerns, but I'm not sure the Braves are the team to beat. That's still the Nationals. I do think the Phillies still have enough talent to make the postseason. They need a few things to break their way, but I'm not sure about all this panic and pessimism on Feb. 1. Spring Training hasn't even started yet. Relax.
Any chance of the Phillies signing Kyle Lohse?
-- Glenn B., Mount Holly, N.J.
I would be stunned.
Kyle Kendrick will be the Phillies' fourth or fifth starter. Who will fill out the end of the rotation?
-- John M., Philadelphia
Who is going to be the Phillies Bench coach this season?
--Jeff L., Philadelphia
The Phillies won't have a bench coach this season. Manager Charlie Manuel, pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Steve Henderson and catching coach Mick Billmeyer will be in the dugout when the team is hitting. Ryne Sandberg is the third-base coach, Juan Samuel is the first-base coach, Rod Nichols is the bullpen coach and Wally Joyner is the assistant hitting coach. Dubee runs the show pitching-wise. I think the Phillies feel that Manuel will have plenty of opinions in the dugout, so he can forgo having an official bench coach.
Do you think Roy Halladay will bounce back this season?
-- Mike S., Williamstown, N.J.
If he does, the Phillies will have one of the best rotations in baseball once again. They're praying for it.
Who are the Phillies' top pitching prospects at this time?
--Mitch B., Essington, Pa.
Check phillies.com on Monday. We'll have the organization's top 20 prospects, which will include more than a few pitchers.