We are now in the second half of the MLB season and it looks like the Phillies have a shot at October baseball this year. Currently the Phillies sit in first place of the NL East with a half game lead on the Braves. Although the team is in first place there are still desperate needs for improvement and with the trade deadline coming up on July 31st the window is closing. This team is in need of another arm to come out of the bullpen and possibly one to add to the rotation along with another bat to come off the bench. Here is a short list of players the Phillies could land to help their playoff push.
Derek Dietrich, OF, Miami Marlins
Although it could be hard trying to pry a player from a team in the division Dietrich could be a nice addition to the bench. On the year he is batting .287 with 17 home runs and 53 runs batted in. After sending Aaron Altherr to the minors there is now only three outfielders on the active roster. Dietrich will provide solid hitting coming off the bench and could be a good backup to Hoskins, Herrera, and Williams. Along with that he would add a good pinch hitting option for late in games.
Cole Hamels, SP, Texas Rangers
One big rumor that has been swirling around a lot is a possible reunion with the Phillies and Cole Hamels. Although a pitcher for the bullpen is higher on the priority list then adding an arm for the rotation adding the former World Series MVP would not be a bad move. Come playoff time it would gives the Phillies’ the option of having a rotation of Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, and Cole Hamels. Hamels could be a slight risk as his numbers are not spectacular. Currently he is 5-9 with an ERA of 4.72. His deal is also up at the end of this season.
Eduardo Escobar, SS, Minnesota Twins
This move could have the potential to create a log jam but Escobar could still be a nice addition to the Phillies’ bench. His deal is up at the end of the season so there would be no long-term issues with this move. On the year Escobar is batting .275 with 14 home runs and 60 runs batted in. This would be a good move because he would provide a veteran presence to this young infield. Having a player like that coming off the bench would be huge come playoff time because we don’t know how Scott Kingery is going to take his first taste of postseason baseball. But it could lead to having five guys who could playing everyday in the infield with Hernandez, Kingery, Franco, Crawford (when he returns from DL), and Escobar if he is dealt for.
J.A. Happ, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
The Phillies have a chance at another reunion if they were to deal for former starter J.A. Happ. Adding Happ to the rotation would have similar effects as adding Hamels would. Happ has a had a slightly better season than Hamels. Right now Happ sits at 10-6 with an ERA of 4.18. Another reason why dealing for Happ could help is it would give the Phillies the opportunity to make a big splash and throw outfielder Curtis Granderson into the deal as well. Adding Happ and Granderson would be a big move to solidify the Phillies as a playoff team this season.
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