MLB Rumors: Phillies are in the market for an outfielder
The Philadelphia Phillies are in the market for a big time outfielder this off-season, says Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. There are numerous options for the Phillies out there but some of the more notable ones are: Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Shin-Soo Choo, and Nelson Cruz. There isn’t any front-runners at this point.
The Phillies had a down year this season as they went 73-89 but they are back on the market for an outfielder hoping that it will improve their offense enough to get them back into the post-season. As their outfield stands now they have, Dominic Brown in LF, John Mayberry in CF and Darin Ruff in RF. As you may expect, this is by no means an all-star outfield. The only player who is above average is Dominic Brown and he has to prove he can sustain his success in the big leagues as he is young and has only had success for one year.
If the Phillies do sign an outfielder, I would expect it to be a CF type with plus speed and a good on base percentage as they have power hitters like Dominic Brown and Ryan Howard to drive runners in. The most notable player who would fit this description would be Jacoby Ellsbury. Jacoby has plus speed and has a knack for getting on base while also playing good defense. The only issue the Phillies may run into with Ellsbury is his knack for being injured as well. If the Phillies do decide to go after Jacoby it will likely be after his MRI on his left hand which is taking place in the coming days.
If the Phillies do sign an outfielder this off-season, I do expect it to help them a lot in their run for the World Series. Signing an above average outfielder will significantly improve their offensive production and will give their aces more run support which in return will give them more wins. We will likely know who is NO.1 on the Phillies list in the coming days as more information is passed along.