3 Best Remaining Free Agent Targets for the Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies have already been major spenders this offseason, handing out one of the largest contracts in MLB history to shortstop Trea Turner.
A new shortstop was only one of the items on their shopping list, however, as the team still has several holes to plug. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is typically aggressive to a fault, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Philadelphia make a few more big moves before the dust settles this winter.
Here are three free agents the Phillies should still consider signing.
Phillies Free Agency
1. Andrew Benintendi, OF
Philadelphia's outfield defense was terrible last year, and there's an opening as well with Bryce Harper expected to miss the first half of the season. Andrew Benintendi won a Gold Glove award in 2021 and would add some much-needed speed and athleticism to Philly's outfield. He's no slouch at the plate, either, and Citizens Bank Park could help him get his power stroke back after he managed just 5 home runs and 51 RBIs last year. Benintendi and Dombrowski also have a relationship from their time together with the Boston Red Sox, which could grease the skids for the All-Star outfielder to join the defending National League champions.
2. Carlos Rodon, SP
The Phillies already have a strong 1-2 punch atop their rotation with Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, so adding Carlos Rodon would give them a dangerous top three. Rodon thrived after coming over to the National League last year, going 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA as well as the best FIP (2.25) and strikeout rate (12.0 K/9) among qualified starting pitchers. Dombrowski spent heavily on southpaws David Price and Chris Sale during his Red Sox tenure, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him shell out for Rodon.
3. Nathan Eovaldi, SP
Dombrowski rewarded Nathan Eovaldi with a four-year, $68 million contract for helping Boston win the 2018 World Series. While that deal was heavily criticized at the time, it ended up working out fairly well for the Red Sox. Now that Eovaldi's a free agent again, perhaps Dombrowski could persuade him to come to Philadelphia and join the rotation there. He won't be relied on as a No. 1 or No. 2 starter as he was in Boston, which should help preserve the 32-year-old's arm after an injury-plagued career. Eovaldi was largely effective when healthy with the Red Sox and is still remembered fondly there for his World Series heroics, which could come in handy with the Phillies.