Things are undoubtedly changing in the Phillies organization. Within the past year we have been introduced to new faces such as Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, and new manager Gabe Kapler.
With so many new faces coming into the organization and being introduced on the major league level I also expect some familiar ones to be departing. The Phillies comfortably finished under .500 for the 5th straight season at 66-96. With a bulk of young talent on the roster, Phillies GM Matt Klentak’s phone may be very busy over the next month or so to avoid any logjams that may limit the young talent.
In the following I will highlight some players that may find themselves on a different ball club after the winter meetings.
2017: .255avg 12hr 61rbi .989fld %
Coming off his 2nd straight Gold Glove caliber season the 28yr old shortstop could be on the move. When top prospect JP Crawford got called up last season trade rumors involving Galvis heated up. Although nothing happened at the time we are starting to see them again. Time will tell.
Possible destinations- Padres, Blue Jays, Brewers
2017: .294avg 9hr 34rbi
Hernandez has been a solid player during his time in Philadelphia. Debuting in 2013 the 27yr old second baseman has consistently hit and gotten on base. With Kingery’s play in the minors and Crawford’s versatility though, the Phillies may be forced to sell high before a real logjam occurs.
Possible destinations- Angels, Blue Jays
2017: .230avg 24hr 76rbi
Whether he’s traded or not the clock seems to be ticking for Franco. Hailed as one of the top prospects in the Phillies organization for quite some time, Maikel has had trouble staying consistent at the plate in the majors. He found himself on the bench a handful of times in exchange for Hoskins and Crawford experiments.
Possible destinations- Angels, White Sox, Orioles
2017: .240avg 22hr 69rbi
With the rise of Rhys Hoskins in the closing months of the 2017 season, trade rumors heated up for first baseman Tommy Joseph. Although Hoskins and Joseph co-exsisted in the lineup with Rhys moving to the outfield, that may not be the case next season. The Phillies have a great amount of talent in the outfield and if they want to utilize all of it they’ll think about moving Hoskins back to his natural position permanently.
Possible destinations- Indians, Twins
2017: .217avg 14hr 34rbi .989fld%
Rupp served as the Phillies starting catcher for most of the 2017 season tallying up 88 games played. With the emergence of Alfaro though and the fact that the Phillies could simply do better at the position Rupp may not be back.
Possible destinations- Pirates
The Phillies have an abundance amount of talent in the outfield, both on the major league level and the farm. Although it may not be clear exactly who stays and who goes you can be sure that some guys may be headed out soon.
Major League Depth- Herrera, Williams, Hoskins, Altherr, Perkins
Minor Leaguers on the Cusp- Quinn, Cozens
Others- Moniak, Haesely, Ortiz, Randolph, Tocci
Side note: Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams are most likely safe unless a high profiled acquisition is made via trade.
Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a current student at Misericordia University.
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