The Philadelphia Phillies are facing a lot of pressure ahead of the 2022 MLB season. After all, they've won between 80 and 82 games in each of the last three full-length seasons and haven't been to the playoffs since 2011.
If the Phillies want to be competitive this season, one area that they need to flesh out ahead of Opening Day is their outfield. Fortunately, they can make such an improvement by stealing free-agent outfielder Eddie Rosario away from the rival Atlanta Braves.
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Rosario began the 2021 season with the Cleveland Guardians before spending the second half with the Braves for their World Series run. By the end of the year, he finished with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs in 379 at-bats with a .259/.305/.435 slash line.
While he was solid in the regular season, Rosario proved his worth during Atlanta's playoff run. He saw 60 at-bats in 16 games, tallying three HRs and 11 RBIs with an impressive .383 batting average.
Considering how weak the Phillies are in the outfield, targeting the 30-year-old is a no-brainer. Bryce Harper and Matt Vierling are the only outfielders on the club's depth chart, which is why they could use Rosario and his ability to play in both the left and right sides of the field. Plus signing him sends a message to the Braves that Philadelphia is going all-in.
FanDuel Sportsbook has given the Phillies +600 odds to win the NL East in 2022 — trailing only the Braves (+135) and New York Mets (+140). If the club can add Rosario to the roster, those odds could be on the rise in no time.
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.