As this is my opening article as a member of the Phillies Editorial Team here at Philly Sports Network, I would first like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays! I thought it would be appropriate to do a Holiday Wish-List series for the Phils, given that the current state of MLB is trying to unlock hidden video game characters.
Each article in the series will indicate certain areas of need identified, with some suggestions of players. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just my thoughts on possible adjustments. And I strongly anticipate some disagreements along the way.
Average power reaching OF, preferably RH
In a league where the average points per game is 4.59 over the last 5 full seasons, the Phillies have finished below or tied with that mark in each of them. In 2021, there was a grand total of 1 Phillie with over 25 RBIs out of the 4e place in the programming (thank you JT Handsome). Worse yet, no Phillie had more 9 home runs to cleaning – a 35 year old McCutchen (now gone) who had the third highest HR total of his career. No more salt in the wound, Odubel Herrera (also gone) had ten from the starting point. An investment must be made.
Personally, I would love to bring in Kris Bryant. Although he has primarily played 2 batters in his career, he has dominated Citizens Bank Park, with the highest BA and SLG% of any park with over 15 games played. Plus, having one of his closest friends, Bryce Harper, in the same clubhouse would be a huge boost to his game, while his defensive versatility would be a boost to the Phillies’ defensive woes.
I admit that his career path is definitely on the ‘decline’, which is what you would expect afterwards. followed his Rookie of the Year with the MVP of the NL in his first 2 years. This will also make it the most expensive OF option available. Still, I think it’s the most consistent option available, and it’s probably at the lowest value you’ll ever see for a 30-year-old former ROY and MVP who hasn’t taken a massive hit. in production.
The ‘so hot right now’ guy across the league is Nick castellanos. From chatting with a lot of friends / people who know baseball, they like Castellanos as their favorite option, and I can really see why. Almost every year of his career has seen an increase in production and consistency, culminating with his first appearance in the All-Star category and his first Silver Slugger award in 2021. That’s why I don’t think he is. the guy.
Castellanos has found the perfect situation for himself: he is arguably the best OF on the market right now, coming off his best season of his career, and a new CBA who should ultimately help him. Defensively, he’s a handicap, which the Phillies absolutely don’t need. Offensively, I think regression is imminent. Castellanos is the mouthpiece for a player’s high buyout, and the Phillies have multiple needs to invest like that.
The speech of the city from several outlets is Kyle schwarber and honestly i don’t hate it. It would definitely be the cheapest option of the three here. And there is no shortage in the feed department, reaching over 30 hours in 3 of the last 4 full seasons, and averaged 37 HRs in a 162-game season.
Schwarber also appeared to stabilize his waning plate approaching with Nationals and current Phillies batting coach Kevin Long posting the highest BA and OBP of his career in 2021 (touchdown .291 / .435 in 41 games with Boston). Schwarber would also be a great tool if / when DH comes to NL, maybe even at the next CBA (although his asking price will likely skyrocket). Schwarber isn’t a particularly splendid defender, but he’s not the level of responsibility that Castellanos would present.
Who will the Phillies sign?
Ultimately (barring drastic changes to CBA), I think they will end up signing Schwarber for a short term deal. Or Michael Conforto, whom I did not discuss in this article, but who would be an above-average signing (sharp drop in production in 2021). I think staying under the luxury tax will prevent the Phillies from signing any of these outfielders for over $ 25 million a year. I would love for Middleton to prove me wrong, but I really think pitching issues are where a lot of the resources are going to be allocated, both in the rotation and in the back of the bullpen. Next, I’ll take a look at a few starter launch options available, with a name that a lot of people might not like.
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