With the MLB offseason underway, let’s take a look at some options on the Phillies’ offseason radar. What new additions could join the Phillies 2022 campaign?
Sterling Marte at Centerfield?
The Philadelphia Phillies are showing interest in free-agent outfielder Starling Marte. The biggest need on the Phillies roster may be in center field. Odúbel Herrera was recently outrighted. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn’t seem too hot on riding with Mickey Moniak or Adam Haseley in the 2022 season.
The Phillies need a starting center fielder and a leadoff hitter, roles that Marte could potentially fill. Last season he split between the Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics, Marte notched up .308/.381/.456 with 12 home runs, 55 RBIs, 43 walks, and 47 stolen bases. Additionally, because Marte was traded during the season, the A’s couldn’t extend a qualifying offer to him. So to sign Marte, the Phillies wouldn’t have to surrender any draft compensation.
Marte turned 33. Marte is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, but there’s a very real possibility that he’ll have to shift to a corner outfield spot at some point during his contract. Will the Phillies be in the market for an aging outfielder?
Kimbrel is not a free agent. The White Sox exercised his $16 million club option but seem intent to trade him. They acquired Kimbrel from the Cubs at the 2021 trade deadline but made him a setup man after he had spent the last decade closing. He did not pitch well in the new role, allowing 13 runs and five homers in 24 appearances with the White Sox after allowing two runs and one homer in 39 appearances with the Cubs.
If the Phillies were to trade for Kimbrel, his $16 million salary would replace Andrew McCutchen’s salary. It would require only a one-year commitment, giving the Phillies flexibility to move forward with him or cut ties if things don’t work out. The additional cost would be whatever it takes to trade for him. Is he still worth it? This remains an important question.
Are the Phillies Shopping for a Third Baseman?
Could the Oakland A’s All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman be the answer? A year ago, it seemed like the third base job in Philadelphia was locked down. Alec Bohm had a breakout rookie season in 2020. He hit an amazing.338/.400/.481. However, 2021 was not what the fan base was hoping to see. Bohm dropped to .247/.305/.342 and even got optioned to the minors for over a month.
The A’s could give Bohm some playing time and see if he can recapture that prior form. However, the Phillies have bigger priorities in the outfield and bullpen, which may mean that they hang on to him. The 28-year-old is a three-time Gold Glove Award winner at third base. He hit 27 home runs in 2021 while posting a career-worst .210 batting average to go with a career-high 202 strikeouts. Are any of these options on the Phillies’ offseason radar?