The Phillies are in the market for a lefty-swinging hitter with power who’s open to a bench role, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal suggests the Phillies will look to add a player of that ilk in advance of the July 31 trade deadline (video link).
Despite the umpteen headline-worthy offensive additions the Phillies made over the winter, their attack has been closer to average than outstanding thus far. They rank seventh in the National League in runs and eighth in wRC+, owing in part to a lack of balance. With Bryce Harper, Cesar Hernandez and the struggling Odubel Herrera as the Phillies’ only lefty-capable notables, the team sits 17th in the majors in both wRC+ and OPS against right-handed pitchers.
Even though the Phillies’ offense hasn’t been a juggernaut, the club’s still 31-22 and leading the NL East by a game and a half. They’ll be in the market for upgrades approaching the deadline as a result, with the bench being one area they could potentially bolster. Philadelphia’s only a year removed from adding a pair of lefty-hitting power options to its roster around the deadline, as it acquired Justin Bour and Asdrubal Cabrera in separate trades. Those two didn’t help Philly to a playoff berth, however, and they’re now with other organizations.
This time around, Rosenthal names Nationals first baseman/outfielder Matt Adams as a player who matches what the Phillies are seeking. Whether the division-rival Nationals will ultimately move Adams is up in the air, though, considering they’ve played better of late and could still charge toward contention. This is merely speculation, but Jay Bruce (Mariners), Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker (Marlins), Yonder Alonso (White Sox) and Lucas Duda (Royals) stand out as lefty-capable hitters with some pop who could land on the Phillies’ radar in the next couple months. None of those veterans’ teams are in contention, meaning they’re all logical trade chips. Bruce and Walker are the only members of the group who have notched respectable overall production at the plate this season, though the revered Granderson has shown recent signs of life after a weeks-long slumber.