Winter is officially here. In baseball terms, at least.

When Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to end the 2013 season and give the Red Sox – including former Phillie Shane Victorino – the World Series title, teams across the league officially started the offseason. Free agents were able to discuss freely with teams last week. They can begin signing contracts today.

After finishing 73-89 in 2013, the team’s first losing season since 2002, the Phillies’ needs are plentiful. After arbitration estimations, they have about $40 million to spend to fill those needs. The Phils also declined to extend qualifying offers to Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay by Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, so both will be on the open market today.

Let’s take a look at the Phillies’ needs:

Outfield: This is where Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. failed the most last offseason, declining to spend big money on a corner outfielder. Instead, he chose a low-money deal on Delmon Young, a streaky hitter who had just been crowned ALCS MVP the previous October. Young was released Aug. 14, having done little to warrant a spot on the roster.

Domonic Brown was the obvious breakout star, leaving one corner spot solidified. Ben Revere started slow but turned into the team’s most reliable hitter before breaking his ankle shortly before the All-Star break. He’ll likely start in either center or right field next season if he’s healthy.

That leaves one spot to shore up, and this year’s free agent market is loaded with talent in the outfield.

Cleveland’s Shin Soo-Choo, Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury and New York’s Curtis Granderson are all free agents. Choo and Ellsbury will likely demand big money. If Amaro’s history is any indication, the Phillies could be willing to pay top dollar.