It seems as if the Phillies lost out on EVERY big free agent. That’s not true. Rubén Amaro was smart not to give up all of their available money just for one player. Instead he used it for a few. So far, the Phillies have signed, RHP Mike Adams to a 2 year, $12 million contract, who will likely bet a set-up to Jon Papelbon in the bullpen. They also recently signed LHP John Lannan to a 1 year, $2.5 million deal, who will be in the Phillies starting rotation. Two pieces added to the Phillies pitching, that aren’t too expensive, and will have a good impact on their team. Along with the signings, the Phillies have aquired OF Ben Revere from the Twins, and third-baseman Michael Young from the Rangers. Revere has great speed, gets on base, and plays outfield pretty well. Young is a veteran who will knock in runs, have a high batting average, and plays solid defense.
Now…the Free Agent outfielders who are still available, that the Phillies should pursue, with a little bit of stats and a brief summary…
1. OF Cody Ross
Cody Ross is a right-handed hitter who will impact their power part of the lineup. He could fit very nicely in the Phillies lineup, most likely in the fifth spot. He has a great attitude and is a likable guy. Ross has played with Detroit, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati, Florida, San Francisco, and 1 season in Boston, which was last season. He hit 22 homeruns, had 81 RBI’s, along with a .267 batting average with the Red Sox in 2012. The Phillies could probably give him a deal up to 5 years considering that he is 31-years-old but he doesn’t show signs of being old.
2. OF Nick Swisher
Nick Swisher is a switch hitter with a pretty decent arm. He’s a very likable guy in my opinion. He’s good with fans and good in the clubhouse but is very serious about baseball. He would fit well in the Phillies lineup, most likely in the fifth spot. He played 5 years with Oakland, 1 with the Chicago White Sox, and 4 with the New York Yankees. He will hit about 25 homeruns a year, probably more if he signs with the Phillies because of hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Nick hit 24 homeruns, knocked in knocked in 93 runners, along with a .272 batting average for the Yankees in 2012.