B.J. Upton is gone and a deal for Wilton Lopez has apparently cooled off. Where do the Phillies turn next and what's with all the questions?
Twenty-four hours ago and things sounded promising for the Phillies around the ol' hot stove. The Phillies were close to landing a much-needed bullpen piece in righthander Wilton Lopez, and the much-coveted B.J. Upton was apparently mulling which team in the NL East he wanted to play for.
How could it not be the Phillies?
Now the Phillies have put the brakes on going after Lopez, Upton signed with the Braves and now it's back to the drawing board for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
So what do the Phillies do next? Do they go after Josh Hamilton? Angel Pagan? Shane Victorino? Dexter Fowler?
What about the bullpen piece? With a deal with Lopez seemingly off the table, and Ryan Madson headed for the Angels, where will the Phillies find that arm? Certainly the Phillies couldn't go after Giants' closer Brian Wilson ...
Brian Wilson and Jonathan Papelbon in the same clubhouse ... is there enough crazy to go around? How will Chase Utley manage to keep those two quiet and away from the TV cameras?