First and foremost, I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to join the All About The Birds Team! I am extremely excited to be able to showcase my writing talents for this well-established network. Although I am a 4x4 Philly Sports guy through and through, I have always remained a baseball historian. That is where my true passions lie, so being able to write about MLB and, even more importantly the Phillies, allows me the ability to channel that passion to paper!

For my first article, I have decided to do a mini-preview of the team for 2021 and give my predictions of how the division will stack up. So without further ado, let's get crackin'.

The Phillies come into 2021, having spent the second most dollars in free agency this winter. After a tumultuous off-season, Phillies ownership finally made some smart decisions. After replacing the misaligned GM Matt Klentak with the ultra-successful Dave Dombrowski, owner John Middleton finally went to work by continuing the "stupid money" campaign.

The team resigned their marquee free agent, catcher J.T. Realmuto to a 5 year 115.5 million dollar extension. While most in the know thought that Realmuto would walk, the Phillies shocked everyone and quickly changed that narrative. Meanwhile, Philly also retained their other star free-agent by resigning Didi Gregorius to a 2 year 28 million dollar deal. Those two moves by themselves signaled a renewed commitment to winning as the Phillies brass flexed their muscles.

However, Dombrowski didn't bury his face in the sand when it came to the team's bullpen. It's no secret that Phillie's relievers were among the most inept units in the history of major league baseball. In fact, their 7.06 ERA was the second-worst combined all-time. So nothing short of a complete overhaul was in order if the team wanted to improve. The team bolstered the pen by signing Archie Bradley and Jose Alvarado.