Just two days after the Philadelphia Phillies acquired 32-year-old, right-handed pitcher, Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox, countless reports have stated that the Phillies’ search for new additions this offseason is far from over.
One of the reports in particular, conducted by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com states that the Phillies are looking to add another hitter this offseason. Zolecki’s reports also states that any move that the Phillies make will likely be for a reserve outfielder.
Over the weekend, Phillies general manager, Matt Klentak spoke to the media about the recent deals, as well as the latest acquisition of Buchholz.
Klentak said that he has the “financial support” to add another bat, in addition to bullpen help.
Furthermore, Klentak went on to say that he will be cautious about any acquisition that takes away opportunities for well-regarded players already settled within the organization.
Such players likely include the young outfield duo of Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr.
When pursuing an outfielder to add power at the plate, it’s likely the Phillies would add an everyday-type hitter, but only if a deal in which they cannot refuse surfaces.
Though that scenario is not out of the question, given the large number of free agents still on the market, which could eventually drive prices down as well.
In the end, the Phillies have made a handful of positive strides so far this offseason.
From the deals with Hellickson and Blanco, as well as the 5-year extension with Herrera, now to the acquisition of Buchholz, it is clear that Klentak is on a roll and has his eyes set on a bright future for the team.
Only time will tell if the bright future that Klentak envisions will present itself in the 2017 season.
However, if the offseason is any indication of that, I think it’s safe to say that the team is certainly moving in the right direction.
What do you think? Following the recent moves, do you see the Phillies team headed in the right direction? Should the Phillies look to add more power at the plate?
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