With the 2021 MLB lockdown now into full fruition, this gives the Phillies a lot of time to look over their roster and decide on what moves to make after the lockdown is all said and done. The Phillies know they have to be active this offseason, with the Atlanta Braves coming off a World Series title, and the Mets reloading their roster by signing Starling Marte, Max Scherzer, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha.
The Phillies have to be active this offseason if they want to stay competitive with those franchises. The biggest position of need, besides pitching, is the outfield. The Phillies have a lot of questions when it comes to the outfield, besides Bryce Harper. With Andrew McCutchen a free agent, the outfield has to be worked on. The reason the centerfield position is so crucial is that it is most likely the weakest position in the Phillies lineup.
If the Phillies decide to stay within their roster, Odubel Herrera will most likely take the starting centerfield position. This is if, in fact, the Phillies decide to not address the centerfield position during the offseason. During the 2021 season, Odubel hit for a batting average of, .260, an on-base percentage of .310, a slugging percentage of .416, with 13 home runs and 51 RBI’s.
This would be an alright decision for the Phillies to make, nothing very flashy. However he only played 124 games for the Phillies, so his stats could improve a bit more if he gets more playing time. There are some things that Odubel still has to work on for his stats to improve, most notably he has to decrease his strikeout rate and increase the number of walks he can draw, if he can do those things he could become a pretty good centerfielder.
This would really happen if the Phillies really see some improvement from Moniak. The former number one overall pick has struggled mightily since he has been in the Major Leagues. Moniak had a struggling 2020, and an abysmal 2021 campaign. The only upside to Moniak is the fact that he is only 23 and if they see the potential in Moniak then they can play him in centerfield.
However, this season I don’t see this happening unless Moniak really does step it up. In 2021, he hit for a .091 batting average. The fact that he really wasn’t close to the Mendoza line is a little scary. Unless Moniak shows much improvement in his entire game he will most likely not start in centerfield come Opening Day, but I wouldn’t rule out the option.
If the Phillies want to be aggressive this offseason, then this may be a perfect move for them to make. Mullins was great for the Orioles this past season. This past season was the longest that Mullins had played in an MLB season and he played very well. He posted career highs in batting average with .291, on-base percentage with .360, slugging percentage with .518, home runs with 30, RBI’s with 59 and stolen bases with 30.
Mullins is 27 years old and is now seeming to hit his stride. He also finished with an All-Star game appearance and a silver slugger award. The Orioles may have a steep asking price for Mullins, however, Phillies GM Dave Dombrowski, likes to be very aggressive, so if he sees a reasonable price for Mullins, he may try to pull the trigger on this move.
Although he isn’t a bonafide centerfielder, Kris Bryant does have some experience in the outfield. If the Phillies went out and signed Kris Bryant they would most likely put him in a corner outfield position, however, they could plug and play him in centerfield. This would be interesting to see, with the San Francisco Giants, they had Bryant in so many different spots, which makes a player like Bryant interesting.
The diversity that he brings to the table could be interesting to a team like Philadelphia that does need outfielders. If the Phillies went out and signed Bryant, he would most likely start in the outfield, since the Phillies already have a young third baseman in Alec Bohm returning to the lineup come opening day.
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