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Top Free Agent Pitchers the Phillies Can Sign This Offseason

Max Staley
Madison Bumgarner surrendered five runs in 5 innings against the Red Sox.
Madison Bumgarner surrendered five runs in 5 innings against the Red Sox. / Kathryn Riley/Getty Images
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The Philadelphia Phillies spent big money in free agency last season, signing Bryce Harper to a massive deal. The signing didn't exactly pan out as many hoped, however, with Philadelphia finishing 81-81.

Considering the Phillies had a collective 4.53 ERA, which was the fifth-worst total in the NL, Philadelphia might need to improve its rotation in order to make a postseason push. With that in mind, here are three pitchers the Phillies could target in free agency.

1. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Madison Bumgarner takes on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Madison Bumgarner takes on the St. Louis Cardinals. / Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Phillies recently signed Zack Wheeler, but the team's rotation is a little heavy on righties. That makes Madison Bumgarner a natural fit, and even at 30 years old, the former World Series MVP can still dominate. He had a bit of a down year in 2019, with a 3.90 ERA, but he posted an ERA below 3.40 in each of his 10 prior seasons. His proven postseason resume is certainly a bonus as well.

2. Dallas Keuchel, Atlanta Braves

Dallas Keuchel takes the hill against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dallas Keuchel takes the hill against the St. Louis Cardinals. / Scott Kane/Getty Images

Another lefty with a decorated resumé, Dallas Keuchel could be a great fit in Philadelphia. After a slow start with the Atlanta Braves, Keuchel really rounded into form, posting an ERA below 3.90 in July, August and September. Adding Keuchel and Wheeler to the front of the rotation could quickly turn Philadelphia into one of the NL East's most dangerous ball clubs.

3. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers

Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the hill against the Washington Nationals in the NLDS.
Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the hill against the Washington Nationals in the NLDS. / Will Newton/Getty Images

Hyun-Jin Ryu was flat-out dominant last season, and he was even a legitimate contender for the NL Cy Young award, ultimately finishing second to Jacob deGrom. Ryu posted a 1.97 ERA in 2018, and followed that up with a 2.32 ERA last season. He's clearly established himself as a top-tier pitcher, and if Philadelphia is willing to pony up, the Phillies could be contenders if they manage to land Ryu.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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