There is no player in the trading market who could replicate the effects of Manny Machado for the Phillies in August and September.
There is definitely no player who would revive the fan base so much.
But if the Dodgers beat the Phillies' offer for the best available player, the Phils are still looking for further enhancements.
This could include getting a solid non-star player for the left side of the infield, in addition to the help.
If the Phils can not add big run production to their lineup, their focus could shift to players, & # 39; (19659002) Here are some names to keep in mind:
Royals Super Housekeeper Whit Merrifield
Interest has been reported by the Phillies in Merrifield, and the two organizations have already scouted each other for their earlier interest in Mike Moustakas ,
Merrifield can play anywhere on the diamond ̵
Merrifield does not have nearly the raw power of a Machado or Moustakas, but it is a proven .290-.300 hitter with splitting power, speed and defensive versatility. He led the AL last season (34) and has the third-most double (30) in the majors this season.
He would not be cheap to buy. Merrifield is making $ 570,000 this season and will be cheap again in 2019 before his arbitration starts. All in all, Merrifield is under the control of the club until the end of 2022. These are his best years and he will be underpaid for them in proportion to his performance.
Merrifield is not the same caliber as Machado, but the cost in trading could be similar, because Machado is a two-month hire and Merrifield comes with 4 ½ years of team control. That's a big big difference that could make up for the gap in talent between the two players.
Gemini 3B / SS / 2B Eduardo Escobar
Another name associated with the Phillies. Escobar, 29, has a career year and hit .271 / .327 / .507 for the Twins with a majors leading 35 doubles, 14 homers and 57 RBI.
This season he was one of the strongest players in baseball. He reached 0.376 chips with 1,112 OPS. That's not a sustainable long-term ability, but it's worth mentioning.
The switch-hit Escobar would be a rental. He is a free agent at the end of the season. Therefore, it would be cheaper to buy it than Merrifield.
If the Phils did not get Machado, they could instead land a combination of a bat and a bullpen piece to try to reach its overall score value
Zach Britton. Jeurys Familia. Brad's hand. Raisel Iglesias. Felipe Vazquez
Britton would be the cheapest option because he is a free agent after the season. We knew the Phillies were interested in him, and they could still go after him, even if Machado goes west.
Britton's speed has returned. He's back to throw this Power Sinker in the mid to high nineties. His left-handedness would give the Phillies the needed matchup reliever, along with a seasoned ninth inning option that would allow Seranthony Dominguez to play in a high-leverage role earlier in the game.
If You Can not A step that allows you to easily overtake your opponents and shorten the game is another way to stay in battle.
Baseball has changed. In October, it's more important than ever to work with echoes at the top.
Blue Jays Pieces
Jim Salisbury reported Monday that the Phillies are expecting an answer from the Orioles and also interested in Blue Jay's left-hander Phillie JA Happ .
The acquisition of Happ would give the Phil's a left-handed starting pitcher they have not had since September 2016. This step would allow them to move a Vince Velasquez or Nick Pivetta to the bullpen. Both are high-velocity, strikeout pitchers and both could thrive in a bullpen role. Their speed and K-rates can even increase.
Imagine the Phillies are 3-2 with two outs in the sixth inning and their starter with 105 pitches. A combination of Pat Neshek and Velasquez or Pivetta could take you to ninth place. It would also give the Phillies a look at one of the young starters in that other role to gauge whether it makes the most sense in the long term.
However, Happ is not the only Blue Jay watching. Yangervis Solarte has power and can play every infield position. He also has fair-market club options over this year – $ 5.5 million in the next season, $ 8 million the following season. Curtis Granderson could also help as the missing power bat from the bank. Granderson was 0 for 13 in the All-Star break, but from June 7 to July 7 he hit .319 / .373 / .623 with six doubles and five homers. No, he's not much of a difference in 2018, but Granderson is a much better and more dangerous thug than the Phillies currently on the bench.
It's not nearly as sexy as a trade, but a package from Happ, Granderson and Solarte could improve the Phillies in four different areas: rotation, bullpen, infield and bank.
Josh Donaldson A much bigger name and more powerful force bat, when he's healthy, it's also worth keeping in mind. Donaldson has been out of action since Memorial Day with a calf injury, but has started running and baseballing again and could be back by the end of the month.
He is also a free agent after the season. The contract status combined with the time missed in the last two seasons will lower the price.
But if he is healthy and ready to leave, this is a former MVP who has averaged 33 home and 98 RBI in .282 / .377 / .524 over the last five seasons.