2. Philly Adds Some Pop
As star-studded as our lineup is, it’s weirdly light on pop. Kyle Schwarber is the only guy with more than 15 homers right now and we rank 10th in the National League in long balls, which is surprising.
We could really use some thump at the corner infield spots, where Alec Bohm and Edmundo Sosa just haven’t been getting it done. Getting either a first or third baseman who can hit the ball out of the park would be nice.
Fortunately, those types of players aren’t super hard to find and shouldn’t cost a bundle of prospects, either, especially if we go for an older guy. Carlos Santana is a name that would make sense. The Pirates are still rebuilding and have no need for a 37-year-old first baseman on a one-year deal. Plus he already played with us in 2018, so it helps to have a guy who can handle the market.
Beyond Santana, we also like Jeimer Candelario on the Nationals and C.J. Cron on the Rockies, both of whom are a bit younger than Santana. Regardless, we expect Dombrowski to get someone who can help us in the power department, especially with Bryce Harper and Trea Turner struggling there.