Report: Phillies’ remain in play to sign another top free-agent starter’
As the calendar gets set to flip to 2024 on Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies have still not added another piece to help improve the roster through free agency or in a trade.
While they brought back No. 2 starter Aaron Nola, and tried to lure pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto to Philadelphia, they could still be in the market for pitching according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post.
Per Heyman, the Phillies remain in play to add the top remaining free-agent starters, Jordan Montgomery and NL Cy Young winner Blake Snell.
The Phillies made a real attempt for Yamamoto — their presentation drew praise — and with a recent history of smart free-agency plays remain in play to sign another top free-agent starter, including Montgomery and Snell.
Both Snell and Montgomery are left-handed starters, that could slide into the Phillies rotation and add more depth. The Phillies could use them to split right-handers, Zack Wheeler and Nola, giving them two right-handers and two left-handers, along with Ranger Suarez come playoff time.
"Phillies are still looking for a big pitcher," said Heyman on Bleacher Report Live. "They like Snell and made a good presentation to Yamomoto. They are an outside possibility for Snell."
Snell is a two-time Cy Young winner and Montgomery helped Texas win their first-ever World Series title.