The Philadelphia Phillies haven't made the playoffs since 2011, even with Bryce Harper in town for the past three seasons. Fortunately, the end of the MLB Lockout means it's time for baseball teams to make a fast and furious free agency push. That presents a great opportunity for franchises like the Phillies, who hold $51 million in luxury cap space, to make some serious upgrades to the roster.
ESPN recently released their early post-lockout free agency predictions and has Philadelphia making a pair of big moves to add a pair of studs to their outfield.
Phillies Free Agency
In these predictions, the Phillies will sign both Kris Bryant and Nick Castellanos, a pair of versatile outfielders with more than five All-Star appearances between them.
Both Bryant and Castellanos are unique because of their ability to play the corner infields spots. Bryant has seen time at both 1B and 3B, along with his recent work in every outfield position. Castellanos plays both 3B and right field.
Castellanos is fresh off the best season of his MLB career, slashing .309/.362/.576 to go along with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. Meanwhile, Bryant is a four-time All-Star and World Series winner who clobbered 25 home runs and 73 RBIs a year ago.
Philadelphia ranked just 28th in OPS for center field last year, and with veteran Andrew McCutchen hitting free agency, it's time for the Phillies to make a splash. The team enters the abbreviated offseason with just +4000 odds (T-16th) to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook, but securing one of the league's best outfields will easily improve those chances.
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