For the past month, many rumors have been circulating in regards to the Phillies, and their remaining plans this offseason.
Phillies general manager, Matt Klentak has publicly stated that the team hopes to add one more power bat to the lineup.
Additionally, Klentak stated that he hoped to get that power bat in the acquisition of an outfielder, and it seems as though the Phillies are moving forward with those plans.
In an interview with Jim Duquette on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Phillies president, Andy MacPhail let it be known that the team’s next move is to try and land a left-handed hitter.
A few potential candidates were mentioned:
- Brandon Moss
- Michael Saunders
- Jay Bruce
Sources told MLB.com on Tuesday that the Phillies remain interested in and have maintained contact with free-agent outfielders, Brandon Moss and Michael Saunders. The Phillies also have been monitoring the trade market, which includes Mets right fielder, Jay Bruce.
Those sources also said there is almost no chance the Phillies sign free agent, Jose Bautista, even on a potential one-year contract.
The Blue Jays offered Bautista a qualifying offer, so the Phillies would have to forfeit a second-round draft pick and its accompanying bonus allotment (more than $1 million) to sign him.
Though it remains to be seen whether the Phillies do indeed add another bat to the lineup, it is clear that the team is moving forward with their original plans, with hopes to land a new addition, prior to spring training.
So, what do you think? Do you like the aggressive plans to add another bat to the lineup before spring training? If so, which of the three potential candidates would you like to see take the field with the Phillies next season?
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