CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies will be looking at big-name free agents to boost their outfield with Nelson Cruz, Shin-Soo Choo, and Jacoby Ellsbury being at the top of their list while also considering the possibility of adding Curtis Granderson.
If you're looking at this group thinking "Gee there's something about these guys that seems off," well let me answer that for you. Aside from the fact that they are all over the age of 30, everyone except for Cruz bats left-handed which is the opposite of what the Phillies need.
The most baffling of the names on the list is Choo. He put together a fine season in Cincinnati batting .285/.423/.462 with 21 home runs and 54 RBIs in 154 games and he was fantastic against right-handers batting .317/.457/.554 with 21 home runs and 46 RBIs. However, he was putrid against left-handed pitching batting just .215/.347/.265 with no home runs and eight RBIs in 221 plate appearances. The Phillies already have too many guys who struggle against left-handers (looking at you, Ryan Howard).
Cruz hit 27 home runs and had 76 RBIs in just 109 games because he served a suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis Performance-Enhancing Drug case. The 33-year-old bats right handed and can play a corner outfield spot. The Rangers reportedly plan to offer a $14 million qualifying offer.
I don't particularly want any of these guys but if I had to pick, I guess I'd go with Cruz.
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