Six Free Agents the Phillies Should Consider
With the World Series about to begin on Tuesday night, that means the off season is right around the corner and it could be an interesting one for the rebuilding Phillies.
The Phillies don't figure to be active, as they look to rebuild with younger talent, but there are a few interesting names they could target on the free agent market as they look to build towards relevancy again.
The team added a bunch of young arms in trades last season, but pitching is still something they will need to add, along with outfield power.
Here are a few names the Phillies could target:
Jason Heyward (26), Rightfield - Heyward could be coming into his prime and fit into the middle of the Phillies lineup with Maikel Franco. While Heyward didn't put up big power numbers, just 13 home runs playing for the Cardinals, he still figures to haul in one of the richest contracts on the free agent market this winter. With Dom Brown out of the picture, Heyward could become the Phillis everyday rightfielder.
Yoenis Cespedes (30), Outfield - His age doesn't really fit what the Phillies are trying to do, but he did have an MVP type season once he came over in a trade to New York from the Tigers. The Mets have a crowded outfield and he could be expendable with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson, Michael Cuddyer, and Juan Lagares under contract for next year and beyond.
Dexter Fowler (30), Outfield - Again the age isn't exactly what the Phillies are looking for, but in his first season with the Cubs, the 29-year-old outfielder hit .250/ with 17 homers, 20 steals and 102 runs scored. He hit .278 in the post-season with two home runs, he plays a good centerfield, the Phillies have Odubel Herrera in that sport currently.
Jordan Zimmermann (30), Starting Pitcher - He could fit in at the top of the Phillies rotation that will include Aaron Nola, but has no real ace. Zimmermann had a disappointing campaign going 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, while he will still do well in free agency, he didn't set himself up for the monster deal that seemed to be awaiting him entering the the year.
Mike Leake (28), Starting Pitcher - He's a middle of the rotation arm that shouldn't cost the Phillies too much, He had a solid 2015, posting a 3.70 ERA and 1.16 WHIP across 30 starts. At 27, he's a guy who could help some of the Phillies young arms, and eat some innings in the process.
Tyler Clippard (31), Setup man - The Phillies could use a guy to help get the ball to Ken Giles and Clippard has been one of the best in the game. He's a two-time all-star that could close if needed, but his best role is the eighth inning and the Phillies don't have a guy to fit that role currently.