The Phillies opened 2020 with high expectations following a lengthy rebuild, the highest payroll in franchise history, the arrival of free agents Zack Wheeler and Didi Gregorius and the arrivals of manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Bryan Price. But in a 60-game pandemic-shortened season, the Phillies finished without a winning record or postseason berth for a ninth-consecutive year. The biggest culprit? The Phillies neglected their bullpen in the offseason and it bit them in a major way. It posted a 7.06 ERA, which is the second-highest in baseball in at least 90 years, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Shortly after the regular season ended, Phillies managing partner John Middleton reassigned general manager Matt Klentak, who replaced Ruben Amaro Jr. following the 2015 season.