While the Philadelphia Phillies did not have any players they decided to move on from, each team in Major League Baseball had a deadline on Friday night to decide if they were going to tender contracts to salary-arbitration-eligible players. If the teams decided against tendering a contract to these players, they would then become free agents.
There were 80 players in total around Major League Baseball who were non-tendered on Friday night and have now officially become free agents.
There are quite a few names that the Philadelphia Phillies should at least kick the tires on this off-season. Here are three under-the-radar free agents that were non-tendered and could make an impact with the Phillies in 2023:
Phillies target #1: Adam Engel (Chicago White Sox)
The first player on our list comes from the American League Central, and it is fair to say that Adam Engel is not much of a threat with his bat. His slash line of .224/.269/.310 in 2022 left much to be desired and was very much in line with his career line of .225/.280/.310.
While his career numbers are underwhelming, the veteran outfielder did produce an OPS of .823 in 211 at-bats between 2020 and 2021, so who knows?
However, Engels’ speed and ability to defend all three outfield positions at an above-average level is where his value lies.
Over his six-year career in the big leagues, Adam Engel has swiped 47 bases in 64 attempts and has produced 21 Defensive Runs Saved overall. We all are aware of the defensive shortcomings the Philadelphia Phillies have had over the last few seasons, so adding an elite defender to sub into late-game situations would be a refreshing change of pace.
Engel will be 31 years old on Opening Day in 2023, so expecting him to develop into something he’s not seems pretty far-fetched. However, there is no denying the value he could bring to a contending team.