After their surprise run to the World Series last year, the Philadelphia Phillies are doubling down this offseason. While their roster is talented, it still has some serious holes, one of which is at shortstop.
Fortunately for Phillies fans, the team is planning to fill that hole with one of the best available options this winter.
Philadelphia Phillies Free Agency
According to ESPN's Buster Posey, an MLB agent guaranteed that Philadelphia will land one of the top free agents at shortstop. Right now, that list includes Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson and Trea Turner, all of whom remain unsigned.
Bogaerts might be the most likely given his pre-existing relationship with Dave Dombrowski, the Phillies' president of baseball operations. Dombrowski and Bogaerts were both with the Boston Red Sox together from 2015-2019, and it was Dombrowski who gave Bogaerts his most recent contract prior to the 2019 season -- a six-year, $120 million extension that the All-Star recently opted out of. Boston's former president of baseball ops may also be extra motivated to poach a franchise player from the team that fired him less than 12 months after winning the World Series together.
Dombrowski and Bogaerts have already made a deal once, so Philadelphia fans are hopeful they can strike another one. Shortstop was an offensive black hole for the Phillies last year, as the team batted just .235/.291/.360 with 12 home runs and 64 RBIs there. Signing a premium bat to play the position would elevate the offense significantly, especially with Bryce Harper expected to miss the first half of the season.
Landing a premier shortstop would also boost Philadelphia's World Series chances. The Phillies are currently tied for the sixth-best World Series odds (+1400) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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