MLB Insider Reveals Phillies' Top Trade Priority as Deadline Looms
After a strong five-game winning streak, the Philadelphia Phillies find themselves as buyers ahead of Tuesday's MLB Trade Deadline. Philadelphia owns the final NL Wild Card spot and will be looking for upgrades to help solidify a postseason spot down the stretch.
MLB insider Jon Heyman recently revealed the Phillies top trade priority as the deadline looms.
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Heyman reported the Phillies aim to add defensive help in center field. He indicated Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano is the top option on the market, but some other options include Michael A. Taylor (Kansas City Royals), Jackie Bradley Jr. (Boston Red Sox) and Jose Siri (Houston Astros).
Bryce Harper's injury forced Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber into everyday defensive roles in the corner outfield, while Matt Vierling have platooned in center field. Vierling played just eight games in center field during his rookie season in 2021, and Herrera rates as an average fielder.
Laureano's bat is perhaps the most overlooked value in any potential trades. While his .226/.310/.408 slash line doesn't jump off the page, he's hitting in a lineup with virtually zero protection. The fifth-year pro has recorded at least a .700 OPS in each of his previous campaigns, including a 2019 where he smashed 24 home runs.
It'll be interesting to see if the Phillies can land any of these defensive-first options before the deadline. For now, Philadelphia holds +5000 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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