During the 2018 MLB Offseason, we will be doing an in depth look at each team’s situations for the offseason and offer some insights to what we believe would make sense.
We start off with the NL East, which looks to have one of the more fascinating winters upcoming. With the Phillies, Braves, and Mets all possibly having large spending budgets, the Nationals facing a franchise-altering decision, and the Marlins being… well… the Marlins, it has all the makings of absolute chaos that hasn’t been seen since OJ decided to fire up the ol’ Bronco.
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3 Biggest Needs:
Top 5 FA Targets:
1. Manny Machado, SS
Shortstop has been a revolving door of little to no production since Jimmy Rollins was in his prime. This time, the Phillies have money and a glaring need with JP Crawford seemingly a bust and Kingrey is playing out of position there. As good of a fit this is on paper, it would be interesting to see what happens if the city of “brotherly love” starts to turn on him for not hustling.
2. Bryce Harper, RF
Similarly, the Nationals could use some LH power in the middle of their lineup to offset Hoskins and Franco (if he remains on the team)
3. Adam Ottavino, RP
A Phillies team that finished 18th in bullpen ERA could definitely use some help at the end of games. Ottavino would be a solid addition thanks to his reliability and his closer experience.
4. Wilson Ramos, C
Ramos knees held up for 91 starts at catcher last season and his bat was as good as ever. He seems like a good fit for a Phillies team with young catchers that haven’t performed as well as hoped but needs production to get over the hump.
5. Zack Britton, RP
The Phillies could use some experience at closer, but it isn’t a priority. With so many elite arms on the market this year, they may get a deal on the second tier of arms.
Top 3 Trade Ideas:
1. Phillies trade 1B Carlos Santana to Orioles for SP Alex Cobb
It’s no secret that the Phillies need to make room at 1B for Rhys Hoskins and no one wants Carlos Santana and the 2 year and ~$41.5M remaining on his contract thru 2020. However, the Orioles would probably also like to get a do-over on their mistake signing of the previous offseason and unload Cobb and his 3 years and roughly $44M remaining
2. Phillies trade 3B Maikel Franco, 2B Scott Kingrey, and a Low-A Prospect to the Pirates for CF Starling Marte & 3B Colin Moran
The Pirates are looking at a quick rebuild and could get two solid players for 3 or more years each for an OF with one year left plus an option and a bench bat capable of playing 1B/3B. With Josh Harrison on his way out and Adam Frazier being the only other potential option at 2B currently on the roster, Kingrey would be a great buy-low candidate.
3. Phillies trade 2B Cesar Hernandez to the Rockies for OF Raimel Tapia
The Phillies could use some help in the OF at the MLB level if they can get Hoskins to 1B and Tapia has no path to playing time in Colorado with Blackmon signed long-term and Dahl’s emergence. The Rockies will need a 2B to replace Lemahieu and Cesar Hernandez would be a great fit to score some runs in Colorado.
- Phillies trade SP Jerad Eickhoff, SP Sixto Sanchez, 3B Alec Bohm, & OF Mickey Moniak to the Indians for SP Corey Kluber
Facing some payroll constraints, the Indians could entertain the thought of trading Corey Kluber… and the price will be higher than Rickey Williams. If the Phillies can add Kluber to a rotation with Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, they’d have quite the playoff rotation. Obviously losing Kluber would hurt immensely for the Indians, but adding 3 top prospects and a replacement SP could persuade them. Sixto has the ceiling to make Cleveland drool and could very well be the greatest trade of a franchise ace since they moved Bartolo.