The Philadelphia Phillies are going to be without star slugger Bryce Harper for at least six weeks after he underwent surgery for a left thumb injury. It's a brutal blow for a team looking to end a decade-long playoff drought, but the trade market gives Philly a pool of potential replacements to pick from.
MLB insider Matt Gelb recently dived into what Harper's absence means for the Phillies this summer and named five players they could target in the trade market. Since Harper was taking on the designated hitter role, that means the front office doesn't have to focus on only outfield options.
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The first one is Brandon Drury, a versatile defender from the Cincinnati Reds currently shining with a career-best .531 slugging percentage in 2022. Speedster Jon Berti of the Miami Marlins was mentioned as another option as he currently leads all players with 22 stolen bases on the year.
The Phillies could also contact the Seattle Mariners and see if they want to unload power hitter Eugenio Suarez (206 career home runs) and his substantial contract. The last scenario Gelb highlighted was grabbing Whit Merrifield and/or Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals.
Merrifield is in the midst of a career-worst year, but he is a two-time All-Star and led the league with 42 doubles just last year. Meanwhile, Benintendi is a popular trade candidate given the fact that he is a free agent at the end of the season and is slashing a reliable .303/.368/.391 across 72 games.
No matter what, it's clear the Phillies need to make an upgrade or two to the starting lineup. For now, Philadelphia has odds set at +4400 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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