3 Trades the Phillies Need to Make This Offseason to Get Back Into the Playoffs
The Philadelphia Phillies came into the 2020 season with playoff aspirations, but they fell short, finishing third in the NL East with a record of 28-32. With a core group of players already established, this offseason will be about filling out the rest of the roster for the team.
The Phillies have obvious holes they need to address if they want to start competing with the top teams in the league. To do so, they may have to explore the market and get some deals done. With that in mind, here are three trades the Phillies need to make to get back into the playoffs next season.
1. Trade Away: Adam Haseley
Adam Haseley has quietly been a very solid player for the Phillies, as he continues to split time in center field with Roman Quinn. He has a .330 on-base percentage over his first two seasons, and he also has a steady contact rate. However, Haseley lacks the power the Phillies are looking for in a middle-of-the-lineup bat, which is concerning since they play in a hitter-friendly ballpark. If the Phillies are looking to make a splash in the market, Haseley is a developmental offensive talent that could be the centerpiece for a team looking to get younger. Don't be surprised if he is on the move this offseason.
2. Trade for: Matthew Boyd
One of the Phillies' biggest needs this offseason is starting pitching. The team is unlikely to pick up Jake Arrieta's $22.5 million team option and need some depth behind the starting trio of Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin. Boyd was a name that was shopped around at the MLB deadline and could be once again be on the market this offseason. The Detroit Tigers' pitcher posted a 6.71 ERA in 12 games this season, but is a known reliable arm under club control through 2022. This trade would create some depth the Phillies sorely need at the position while not costing them a fortune to do so.
3. Trade For: Josh Hader
If the Phillies really want to make a statement in the offseason and address their all-time horrible bullpen, they should attempt to trade for all-star reliever Josh Hader. It would definitely take a lot to acquire the Milwaukee Brewers' closer, but it may be worthwhile as the Phillies could have a lockdown option coming out of the bullpen for the first time in a number of years. Known for his uncanny ability to strike out batters (14.7 strikeouts per nine in 2020), Hader would warrant a return of multiple prospect or major league talent, but the Phillies have never shied away from trading their top prospects in the past.
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