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By keeping J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius, the Phillies kept the band together. Will they keep playing a sad tune?

Say this for the Phillies: They kept the band together. Two months ago, the idea of the Phillies’ re-signing J.T. Realmuto or Didi Gregorius and certainly both seemed as likely as bipartisanship in Congress and, well, $143.5 million later, here they are.

Seven weeks after getting hired as president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski did what needed to be done to keep the Phillies relevant in the loaded National League East. But here’s the thing: The band, even with Realmuto and Gregorius, went 28-32 last season and didn’t qualify for an expanded postseason field that included 16 of 30 teams.

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