The Philadelphia Phillies have had an eventful offseason so far but according to Andy McPhail, they aren’t done with additions yet.
The team has taken major steps forward both with the lineup and the pitching staff but according to Andy McPhail, the Philadelphia Phillies could still use a lefty slugger. He talked a bit about this in an interview on MLB Network Radio with Jim Duquette. The team is littered with right handed power so the need for a left would make sense. He would either be used in a platoon situation or as added pop off the bench in late game situations.
What we’re going to do is look at the names left on the free-agent market and profile some names that could fill the Philadelphia Phillies need. Keep in mind that these won’t be first tier names from the market. This is mainly because the team isn’t looking to make major contractual commitments right now go to keep payroll flexibility. With that in mind, let’s get to some (realistic) targets for the team.
- Brandon Moss: I’ve already written a bit about Brandon Moss here but allow me to rehash for a second. Moss is a professional bat used to playing for winning ballclubs. His experience could be a great resource for the young Phillies roster and he doesn’t have a history of being a clubhouse cancer. On the field, he has the versatility to play both first base and left field while providing passable defense in each area.
- Michael Saunders: Saunders is an interesting case. The corner outfielder had one of the best years of his career at age 30 and the question is whether or not he can repeat it. Last year in Toronto, Saunders hit 24 homers which would bring welcome pop to Citizens bank Park. Saunders also offers the best defense of the guys listed here and would be able to add needed outfield experience to the roster. Add in that he hit 32 doubles and it’s easy to like Saunders in a Phillies jersey.
- Jay Bruce: Bruce would also take some finagling from the Phillies front office due to the fact that he’s still under contract with the New York Mets. They clearly have Bruce on the trade block but it remains to be seen if they would be open to dealing him within the division. Bruce would be a better option than most on this list solely because of the fact that he’d be brought in as a starter, not a backup. The protection that he could give Tommy Joseph and Maikel Franco in the lineup would be worth the acquisition cost alone. The Phillies have pieces that would be able to pull off a deal especially in their now deep bullpen.
In a vacuum, each of these three guys fills a need for the Phillies it just depends on what role that Klentak and Pete Makanin are trying to fill on the team. I’d expect the Phillies to add someone along the lines of this list but as it stands now, Moss is the most likely option.