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3 Players the Phillies Need to Sign When Free Agency Opens on Thursday

Larry Rupp
Three players the Philadelphia Phillies need to sign when free agency opens on Thursday.
Three players the Philadelphia Phillies need to sign when free agency opens on Thursday. / AP Photos/Matt Slocum
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The Philadelphia Phillies were the biggest surprise of the 2022 MLB postseason. After entering as the National League's final Wild Card team, the boys from the City of Brotherly Love pulled off one upset after another before falling just short in the World Series. All eyes now turn toward the 2023 season.

Manager Rob Tomson has a core in place ready to compete in the NL East, but it's a core that could grow even stronger with free agent additions. This front office has already shown that it is not afraid to hand out big contracts, so here's a look at three players the Phillies need to sign in free agency.

Philadelphia Phillies Free Agency

1. Trea Turner, SS

The pairing between Trea Turner and the Philadelphia Phillies almost makes too much sense. The two-time All-Star has expressed a desire to play on the east coast, is best friends with Bryce Harper and has experience working with Philly hitting coach Kevin Long. It just so happens that the team has a gaping roster hole in the middle of the infield as well. Turner owns an impressive career slash line of .302/.355/.487 and has also tallied at least 100 runs, 34 doubles, 21 home runs and 77 RBI in each of the last two seasons. With 230 career stolen bases, Turner would provide Philly with some much-needed speed at the top of the lineup. This would be a game-changing signing.

2. Nathan Eovaldi, SP

The trio of Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suarez proved to be a dangerous rotation during the postseason. Philly was forced to battle through a bullpen game when none of those three guys were rested enough to give it a go, though. Adding a fourth and possibly even fifth starter in free agency has to be on the minds of the front office. Nathan Eovaldi may not be an exciting name to Phillies fans, but he would bring durability and experience to this team. The 32-year-old has posted an ERA under 3.90 in each of the last three seasons and finished fourth in Cy Young voting in 2021. Eovaldi would not be phased in tense situations, either, given the fact that he has already logged 43.0 innings of work in the postseason (3.14 ERA).

3. Taylor Rogers, RP

Thomson leaned on his bullpen time and time again in the playoffs. Sometimes it worked out, while other times it did not. The Phillies are now set to lose valuable arms like David Robertson, Brad Hand and Corey Knebel to free agency. Adding a left-hander to pair with Jose Alvarado would provide Thomson with a thrilling pair of hurlers to deploy in the late innings. The Phillies may be able to buy low on Taylor Rogers following what was an up-and-down season. The 31-year-old posted a 4.76 ERA and 1.18 WHIP across 66 appearances (64.1 innings). It's important to keep in mind this is a reliever that made the All-Star team in 2021 and owns an ERA of just 3.42 in his career.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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