Potential Offense Targets For The Phillies

One common question in yesterday's chat was which bats the Phillies could acquire this summer.  The Phillies rank fifth in the NL with 4.88 runs per game so far, and trading season is two months away, so it's not time to sound the alarm yet.  But here are a few potential targets anyway.

There's still no timetable for Chase Utley to return, so the Phillies could consider adding an offensive-minded second baseman.  Availability of these players will depend on the standings.  If the Phillies seek all-around offense they could try for Arizona's Kelly Johnson or San Francisco's Mark DeRosaAaron Hill and Jose Lopez can provide power, while Marco Scutaro, Jeff Keppinger, and Omar Infante are more OBP-focused.

Rather than bring in a $5.85MM second baseman like Johnson, the Phillies seem more likely to add a corner outfielder.  Domonic Brown could help out in right field.  He could start a rehab assignment soon after breaking his hand in March.  The Phillies should have a good idea of whether Brown can be an offensive asset by mid-July. 

It's tough to assess the available outfielders in April, before teams reveal their true selves.  Carlos Beltran, Jason Kubel, Luke Scott, Juan Pierre, Carlos Quentin, Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee, Andre Ethier, Matt KempGarrett Jones, Ryan Ludwick, Brad Hawpe, Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, Juan Rivera, Jack Cust, Jeff Francoeur, Xavier Nady, Angel Pagan, Kosuke Fukudome, and Marlon Byrd are players I can picture being dealt under certain circumstances.  Some are more likely than others – I'm not banking on Kemp being dealt.  If the Phillies aim for switch-hitters or right-handed bats, this list is cut to Beltran, Quentin, Pence, Lee, Kemp, Ludwick, Willingham, Rivera, Francoeur, Nady, Pagan, and Byrd.

There are also financial concerns.  Incumbent left fielder Raul Ibanez earns $11.5MM this year, and his is not a contract anyone is taking off the Phillies' hands.  Some of the above-named players aren't even clear upgrades over Ibanez.  We're unsure how much payroll flexibility the Phillies have, and most of the players I named are earning more than $5MM this year.  They could unload a different contract, with Joe Blanton the most popular choice.  But Blanton is only tradeable if he's pitching reasonably well, and in that case moving him downgrades the Phillies' rotation and might set them back as much as an outfield acquisition would set them forward.

It wouldn't be hard for the Phillies to add a complementary piece like Keppinger or Francoeur.  Otherwise, the best chance at an improved offense will probably come from a healthy Utley and production from Brown, Ibanez, or Jimmy Rollins.


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58 Comments on "Potential Offense Targets For The Phillies"


renegadeisback
4 years 4 months ago

JUAN RIVERA PLEASE TAKE HIM

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

I’ll drive him to Philadelphia myself just to make sure he arrives safely

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Juan Rivera for a Roy Halladay autographed jersey!

…..Jays win the trade hands down

pb111
4 years 4 months ago

No thanks, why no mention of Justin Upton? He should be there real target, this is coming from a HUGE Phils fan.

4 years 4 months ago

i doubt they could meet the asking price

4 years 4 months ago

The Phillies never aquire the correct brother. We had Jeremy and not Jason Giambi, Mike instead of Greg Maddux, Vince instead of Joe DiMaggio. We would end up with BJ instead of Justin Upton. BJ is a dog and can stay in Tampa.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

it is the city of brotherly love after all

4 years 4 months ago

Yeah, B.J. Upton would be a complete waste with Ibanez and Francisco in the outfield…..

4 years 4 months ago

Ibby is gone after this season.

inkstainedscribe
4 years 4 months ago

Get Frenchy. Please. Signed, Frank Wren.

4 years 4 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants move Mark DeRosa sometime this year.

4 years 4 months ago

That’s a good name I neglected to mention.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Jose Bautista for Roy Halladay!

Gid’r done

vonhayesdays
4 years 4 months ago

throw in drabek and the deal is done

dylanp5030
4 years 4 months ago

What? trade Halladay? Are you crazy?

vonhayesdays
4 years 4 months ago

neither of the two statements above were for real , hell no would i trade halladay

icedrake523
4 years 4 months ago

Luis Castillo is still available.

Bender44
4 years 4 months ago

I feel that is a statement that is going to be accurate for a long time.

AJV19
4 years 4 months ago

X Nady?

4 years 4 months ago

Another good one to consider.

4 years 4 months ago

Heath Bell and Ryan Ludwick for Dominic Brown. JOKING!

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Look I know it’s not popular for Cubs fans, but with Brett Jackson coming up, Tyler Colvin could be traded to Philly. I’m sure Kyle Kendrick is available and with Cashner’s health up in the air, we need another starter cause Russell just isn’t cutting it!

4 years 4 months ago

Kyle Kendrick is so awful I’m sure the Phillies would be willing to receive a STD in a trade to get him off their hands.

4 years 4 months ago

He’s okay. It’s just when he’s bad… it’s bad. He has his good games though. I’d take him over someone like Dice-K. That said… he’s worth maybe a bench player or middle reliever in a trade… not Tyler Colvin.

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Um..ok! Colvin yeah a 4 OF. Um…ok! Kendrick’s gotta be better than Casey Coleman.

jwsox
4 years 4 months ago

no chance, colvin is a great cheap player with a strong future as the cubs starting right fielder. Brett will take over for marlon next season and colvin will take over for koske.

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

Colvin’s not taking over for Koske…he’s the baseball version of a one-hit wonder. The Cubs are gonna hit the FA market to get another OF, if they trade Byrd that is. Jackson may be with the ballclub in 2012, though.

tony_mciv
4 years 4 months ago

I highly doubt the Mets would trade Angel Pagan to the Phillies of all teams. Truthfully, if the Phillies go as the are until the trade deadline, I really don’t see a trade happening for an offensive player.

4 years 4 months ago

You forgot about Brandon Wood.

jerseyphanatic
4 years 4 months ago

Michael Young will be their target and they will slide Polanco to 2b. That will be a huge upgrade and Texas might be willing to take Blanton as part of that deal, though I’d love for them to take Ibanez and make him their DH which is where he belongs now at this stage of his career.

Jason Klinger
4 years 4 months ago

Not a chance. Too much $$$ left on Young’s deal and his defense at third is questionable, at best. And it’s just not a smart investment for a team with an aged starting 8.

MetsORnothing
4 years 4 months ago

I kould be completely wrong but ibanez makes about 12M , Blanton 8M , why not trade em’ both for Michael Young. Seems Faily Even to me but then again im a Mets fan lol

4 years 4 months ago

Ichiro would be a perfect fit there. Would Philly do something like Brown and Brody Colvin for Ichiro? I doubt Nintendo would be willing to trade him, but Ichiro on the Mariners is like having dubs on a Hyundai!

vonhayesdays
4 years 4 months ago

i think ichiro has no trade clause, and cant picture him leaving the west coast , but he would be alright except hes got no power , like the rest of the current phillies , except howard

4 years 4 months ago

Ichiro prefers the west coast in order to keep Godzilla at bay

jwsox
4 years 4 months ago

haha thats just funny. 3 things. 1 he isnt going anywhere him and felix are the only reason people go to M’s games. 2 the phillies do not have anything close to the prospects to get him 3 he has a NTC and wants to stay out west because of the huge asian culture and media out there.

vonhayesdays
4 years 4 months ago

Cossart , Colvin , May , Singleton, Brown, Domingo Santana look up those names for phillies and then consider if they have farm system to get ichiro , he’s good but he aint that good and he lacks the traditional power a right fielder normally has , in my opinion not worth the hassle

MaineSox
4 years 4 months ago

“Potential offense targets for the Phillies… Marco Scutaro…” #unexpected

4 years 4 months ago

There’s really no need for this article. They just need to tread water until the Cardinals cave and trade Pujols for Howard.

tacko
4 years 4 months ago

The Cardinals would rather let Pujols walk then pick up Howard’s contract.

jwsox
4 years 4 months ago

Once vicedio comes off the DL for the whitesox and if he gets back to hitting like he was for the sox before he got hurt he could more than likely take over for carlos in right field. More power, probably same average and slightly better defense. Carlos could be moved for a bullpen guy. not named kendrick

cscd1111
4 years 4 months ago

jwsox writes.

“Carlos could be moved for a bullpen guy not named Kendrick”

If Kendrick doesn’t excite you the Phillies also have a hard throwing Right hander Danys Baez if the White Sox play there cards right the Phillies could possibly let him go for Carlos Quentin?

Bender44
4 years 4 months ago

Don’t forget about that stud sinker-baller David “Original G” Herndon. Look at the man’s face and tell me he hasn’t stabbed a guy in a Stuckey’s parking lot at least twice? There’s your bullpen anchor right there.

4 years 4 months ago

I like Marco Scutaro but I’m not sure if Boston would deal him given Lowrie’s past health concern and the depth Scutaro gives them. If his is available, I would, if I was Ruben, jump at the chance to acquire him.

I think they’ll be fine though. If Utley comes back healthy, Brown will be back also, so that’s like making two trades. While some may doubt Brown, I don’t. You could give the greatest hitter in the history of the game 3 at bats a week and he would have terrible timing also. He also missed 2 weeks and was thrown right back into the fire. This kid can hit and he’s proven it through a minor league career. I have full confidence that, given the chance, this kid would produce.

4 years 4 months ago

The Red Sox could still trade Marco Scutaro and be fine because if they really need the help with a Jed Lowrie injury. They do have a couple players they could use, Yamaico Navarro and Jose Iglesias. I’d rather leave Iglesias down in AAA for the year but if it’s necessary to call him up I’m ok with it. And also possible Pedroia could shift to SS for a bit if necessary, I’m not too hot on that considering how good of a defensive 2nd baseman he is but it’s a possibility. They could also get some shortstops for cheap I imagine by the trade deadline if necessary, assuming that some teams aren’t going to be competing by then.

Brad Johnson
4 years 4 months ago

Vance Worley continues to look like a roughly Joe Blanton-ish caliber pitcher. If that continues into midseason and the rest of the staff stays healthy, the Phillies could decide to cut payroll and promote their prospect in the same move.

Alternatively, Kyle Kendrick makes over $2 million. It’s possible the Phillies could acquire a $5 million-ish player while dumping KK’s contract, thus making the trade more affordable. Kendrick’s only good for the depth he provides, even on a second division team. If we assume the trade is made in July, the Phillies would only be adding about $1.5 mil to the payroll.

Rebecca Stephens
4 years 4 months ago

Kemp, Ethier would be great addition to the Phils.. and I want Chan Ho Park back in Philly

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Phillies actually have a very good farm system .. only issue is the bulk of their top prospects are in A ball… so Arizona might be looking for more accomplished, closer to mlb ready prospects in return

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

i can’t be mad at the guy because privately i myself have an irrational obsession with trading for justin upton (i hope no one finds out)

4 years 4 months ago

Every single MLB scout has Philadelphia’s farm system as one of the top 10. Most ranked in the top 5.

Jessamynn
4 years 4 months ago

While you’re right that the Phillies have a good system, I can’t imagine that Amaro would be willing to meet the asking price for Upton.

Kevin Towers has said that he would’ve only moved Upton for something similar to what the Padres got for Adrian Gonzalez — and while GMs obviously posture all the time, I’m inclined to believe Towers on this one, since Arizona has no real pressing incentive to move him.

A similar package as to what the Red Sox offered would be Cosart or Colvin, PLUS Singleton, PLUS another player. There’s just no way I can see Amaro doing that, especially before Domonic Brown gets a real shot.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

where did kevin towers say that?

vonhayesdays
4 years 4 months ago

i would do that. upton has friendly contract, colvin , singleton, and valle or H garcia , done deal. phils built to win now and upton would help do that , those guys might never pan out , and i think you could get brown to play left , after all he isnt that good in right the only reason hes there is he has a cannon for an arm

MaineSox
4 years 4 months ago

Probably referring to this: “According to Cafardo, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers was willing to deal Justin Upton to the Red Sox in the offseason, but only if he got the Adrian Gonzalez package or Clay Buchholz in return.” Key word there is Cafardo I think.

MaineSox
4 years 4 months ago

Yep, that would be freaking sweet.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

i asked cafardo about it and he said his source was “Mai Budtt” (sp?) – a less well-known baseball executive i guess

4 years 4 months ago

DREAMING!

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

And Colvin’s a 4 of who’s showing major difficiencies in his swing. It’s a push…not a steal. Now, Byrd on the other hand–that would be a steal.