The 2013 Philadelphia Phillies took another step back from their days of NL East dominance. Slowed by age and injuries the Phillies finished fourth in the division, there lowest since finishing third in 2003.
Roy Hallady was shelved for the majority of the season with shoulder problems that required surgery. Ryan Howard was limited to 80 games and had his lowest home run and RBI total since 2005.
Chase Utley had a resurgent year after a few seasons of battling injuries, and he was rewarded with a contract extension that will likely allow him to retire in Phillie red. Cliff Lee also had a nice season as he had over 200 strikeouts and a 2.87 ERA.
The Phillies gave Marlon Byrd a bunch of money after reinventing himself with the Mets, a move that I cannot believe they made. Byrd had a great season and was a great asset for the Mets in terms of dollar amounts. But the Phillies aren’t getting any younger and Byrd is not spring chicken (no pun intended!). They also, as I mentioned earlier, extended Utley. This one is at least partial ceremonial, but none the less does not make the Philadelphia Phillies any younger.
2013 Pleasant Surprise: Chase Utley
2013 Disappointing Surprise: Finishing 4th in the NL East