Possible Platoon Partners For Domonic Brown

Jayson Werth is days away from free agency, so if the Phillies intend to re-sign their right fielder, they'll have to bid directly against other interested teams. There's a real chance Werth signs elsewhere this winter, so the Phillies are thinking ahead. Manager Charlie Manuel has acknowledged that he may pair Domonic Brown up with a more experienced player who can handle southpaws and play right field.

Brown, just 23, had no trouble hitting minor league pitching this year (.327/.391/.589 line) but he bats from the left side and the Phillies could ease him into the big leagues by limiting his exposure to left-handed pitching. Here are eight outfielders the Phillies may consider as platoon partners for Brown:

  • Jeff Francoeur, 26 years old, non-tender candidate – Frenchy has his faults, but the 26-year-old can handle lefties. He has a .299/.343/.481 line against them in his career.
  • Matt Diaz, 32 years old, non-tender candidate – Diaz has a .335/.373/.533 line against lefties in his career.
  • Juan Rivera, 32 years old, trade candidate – The Angels will have to part with an outfielder if they sign Werth or Carl Crawford. Rivera, who spent most of the 2010 season in left field, has a career .288/.333/.499 line against lefties.
  • Jose Guillen, 34 years old, free agent – He struggled against lefties this year, but boasts a .270/.327/.460 line against them in his career.
  • Xavier Nady, 31 years old, free agent – Nady, who struggled through the 2010 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, has a .297/.367/.451 line against lefties in his career.
  • Andruw Jones, 33, free agent – Jones would likely be able to find more playing time elsewhere, so he's not a natural fit in Philly, but his career (.261/.361/.501) and 2010 (.256/.373/.558) numbers against left-handers must have the Phillies salivating.
  • Milton Bradley, 32, trade candidate – Again, Bradley seems like an unlikely target for the Phillies, but he has a .300/.382/.488 line against left-handers in his career and could be available.
  • Willie Bloomquist, 32, free agent – He has a .272/.334/.366 line against lefties in his career – not much pop, but he's far more versatile than the players above. Bloomquist played all three outfield positions and all four infield positions this year, so Manuel could use him elsewhere if Brown wins the job outright.
  • Austin Kearns, 30, free agent – Kearns has a career .261/.383/.416 line against lefties and may have trouble finding an everyday job.
  • Ben Francisco, 29, on the Phillies – Francisco has a .267/.347/.460 career line against left-handers.

Diaz and Francoeur handle lefties well and can play right field, so they would be good fits for the Phils if they are indeed non-tendered. Rivera, Nady, Bloomquist and Kearns would also be legitimate options and none of the players listed figure to cost more than a few million on a one-year deal, so the Phillies are well-positioned to recover if Werth leaves and they consider alternatives to Francisco. Their biggest challenge will be helping Brown improve upon the .210/.257/.355 line he posted in 70 plate appearances this summer.


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54 Comments on "Possible Platoon Partners For Domonic Brown"


NYBravosFan10
4 years 10 months ago

If the phighten’s indeed want to do this then I would say Nady is the best option. He’s a good player that can be roped in relatively cheaply

twenty1thirteen
4 years 10 months ago

Unfortunately, we all know Francoeur will be in KC next year.

4 years 10 months ago

Maybe, but with our patchwork outfield, he’s still an improvement somehow. At least he’s a natural left fielder and not a converted third baseman.

We need to hit the outfield hard in the next few drafts. We pretty much have everywhere else covered.

sjw18930
4 years 10 months ago

Thank heaven he won’t be here.

Jake Lunemann
4 years 10 months ago

He fits in perfectly with KC. He is slightly above average speed, past his prime, white, and swings and misses a lot.

Jake Lunemann
4 years 10 months ago

He fits in perfectly with KC. He is slightly above average speed, past his prime, white, and swings and misses a lot.

imacubsfananditsucks
4 years 9 months ago

sad but true kc where careers go to die

imacubsfananditsucks
4 years 9 months ago

sad but true. kc where careers go to die.

4 years 10 months ago

Kearns is easily the best fit. He’s a solid hitter, good defender, and could handle a full-time role if Brown needs more time in Triple-A. However, I want the Mets to sign him, so hopefully the Phillies sign Francouer.

Hermie13
4 years 10 months ago

I agree here. He won’t be that expensive (maybe $800K-$1.5M guaranteed) and can play all 3 OF spots.

Showed he can still hit in Cleveland. Nice vet (and none too old) to have around if you’re Philly. Can Ibanez hold up for another year? Francisco could start in LF if he goes down…but kearns stepped up for Cleveland.

For the money….Kearns is probably the best fit of the guys mentioned.

4 years 10 months ago

K. Have fun seeing him strike out almost every at bat with men on base.

4 years 10 months ago

Career-wise he’s solid with men on base–so as a 4th OFer/platoon type, I’m fine with his production.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 10 months ago

I think the best guy for power on that list is Juan Rivera, but if the Phillies want the best well-rounded guy, that Nady should be their guy to go and get.

Ethanator99
4 years 10 months ago

Milton Bradley: So much talent, so much insanity.

bigpat
4 years 10 months ago

I didn’t realize Matt Diaz was 32, but I think he’s a pretty good player. Not sure why he didn’t get more action in Atlanta this year, but if he leaves, I’d expect Philly to take a look at him and I’d really like the Pirates to offer him a contract. He’d be a very good right handed outfielder and he could be involved in a timeshare with Doumit and Garrett Jones where they each get some starts.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

As stated above, he’s only good against lefties, and not my lefties start against Atlanta. Maybe 20-30 a year.

BravesRed
4 years 10 months ago

Diaz will be non-tendered, and brought back at a cheaper price.

moonraker45
4 years 10 months ago

Is Frenchy really only 26? Why did i think he was like 37

elchupanibre
4 years 10 months ago

Obviously you have watched him play

moonraker45
4 years 10 months ago

well done.

Michael Brown
4 years 10 months ago

Diaz is not a very good option defensively in right, I’m a big Matty D fan and supporter, and I think there is a very good chance that he is non-tendered and brought back for the same or slightly less than he was making this year. He is actually one of the key cogs for our clubhouse chemistry….

4 years 10 months ago

I know that Manuel said a platoon would be an option with Brown, but why? If the guy is the superstar he should eventually become, why should he platoon? Why not start him everyday?

jwsox
4 years 10 months ago

andruw jones might be able to get some of his magic back if he works with charlie

pb111
4 years 10 months ago

Francisco, Ben Francisco

4 years 10 months ago

Ben Francisco has a career .267/.347/.460 -.807 line against lefties for his career, and he’s already in-house. Why search for a platoon partner when you’ve already got a perfect one?

MQAB
4 years 10 months ago

seriously

dude has some pop, and manuel can never say enough good things about him. i really think he can put up similar numbers to werth. extremely underrated.

GriffeyandSizemore
4 years 10 months ago

lol

4 years 10 months ago

Jose Guillen would be the guy I go after if I’m Ruben. He’s likely past his prime but a part time role sounds perfect for him. Good defender, great arm, and good RH power bat built for Citizens Bank. Not to mention just 2 years ago he hit 20 home runs. He’s not the best clubhouse guy to have around, but a guy at his stage in his career and no rings would likely suck it up for a chance to win it all.

4 years 10 months ago

If he ever wins one, he’d prob get too drunk during the celebration and the players would have to shun him

philsWSchamps
4 years 10 months ago

I agree with some on here keep it with francisco and get some pen help. maybe a nice LOGOY since Bastardo will be getting his first full year of work without JC back there.

moonraker45
4 years 10 months ago

I think you mean loogy

philsWSchamps
4 years 10 months ago

maybe Jonathan Singleton???

jk but who knows maybe to Replace Raul in 2012?

link to phuturephillies.com

angryredmenace
4 years 10 months ago

Too Soon buddy, too soon.

yazpik
4 years 10 months ago

Bradley and a the half of his salary for Bastardo

nm344
4 years 10 months ago

How about NO.

cookmeister
4 years 10 months ago

please take Rivera

4 years 10 months ago

How bout giving Mayberry a shot?

4 years 10 months ago

I agree stick with what you know and have in stock. Go with Brown, Mayberry and Francisco. If possible find a way to dump Ibanez and bring back Werth to team with Victarino and the three young guys. They got talent, let them show it. The lineup is good enough to get through the growing pains.

$1529282
4 years 10 months ago

I know he’s got about 3.5x the experience in left that he does in right, but I’m surprised to not see Marcus Thames on this list still.