David Murphy: Phillies have raised their floor in free agency. Their ceiling will depend on three familiar faces.

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PHILADELPHIA — A lot of scouting directors will roll their eyes when you talk about Top 100 prospects. There’s a good reason for that. Back when Baseball America first popularized the genre, an organization could mostly take pride whenever one of its minor league hopefuls earned national accolades. It was a carrot for scouts, a stick for career-minded executives, a headline for ticket sellers. Now? It’s still all of those things. But it can also be a curse. In our transaction-mad and comprehensively aggregated World, the annual Top 100 lists have become a shorthand for scouting success. At som…

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