While the Philadelphia Phillies kept all of their arbitration-eligible players ahead of Wednesday’s non-tender deadline, there were 56 non-tenders throughout the rest of baseball. Many of these players are quality free agents and would make a positive impact if added to the Phillies roster.
The Phillies appear set to budget themselves during this offseason, but still have holes to fill in the bullpen, middle infield and in centerfield. Additionally, they could use a corner outfield bat to complement Andrew McCutchen, who might not be at the stage of his career where he can play full-time in left field. Now, they have an additional pool of players to consider as they figure out how they will approach this offseason.
Here are some players who were non-tendered this week who make sense for the Phillies to pursue in free agency.
Hanser Alberto, IF
Alberto, 28, has played both second and third base during the last two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. During that time, he slashed .299/.322/.413 with a 96 OPS+. While there are better middle infield options out there, Alberto is a potential addition for the Phillies this offseason.
Kyle Schwarber, OF/DH
Schwarber was hyped when he made his debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2015, and became a hero when he returned from an ACL injury to make a major impact in the 2016 World Series. Since then, Schwarber has been up and down, and slashed .229/.334/.480 while hitting 105 home runs in 480 games. He is well below average in the field but could still make sense for the Phillies if the DH is part of the National League in 2021.
Eddie Rosario, OF/DH
Like Schwarber, Rosario represents a solid option to add if the DH remains in the National League. Over the last four seasons, Rosario has slashed .281/.317/.493 and slugged 96 home runs in 483 games. He can also play in the outfield and fill in for McCutchen when he needs a day off.
Adam Duvall, OF/DH
Duvall was one of the better home run hitters in baseball last season, as he hit 16 home runs over 57 games played. He had an OPS of .852 over the last two seasons with the Atlanta Braves, with most of his offensive production coming in the form of extra-base hits.
David Dahl, CF
Dahl struggled greatly with the Colorado Rockies in 2020, slashing .183/.222/.247 over 24 games played. But, he was an All-Star in the prior year and slashed a combined .291/.342/.528 over the course of 2018 and 2019. He plays a position of need for the Phillies, and makes sense as a target this offseason.
Archie Bradley, RHP
The 28-year-old has seen success as a reliever, with a 2.95 ERA in four seasons since failing as a starter. Bradley can go more than an inning if he needs to and would be helpful in fortifying a Phillies bullpen that needs plenty of help.
Matt Wisler, RHP
Wisler had the best season of his career in 2020, pitching to a 1.07 ERA in 18 appearances for the Minnesota Twins. While he struggled in the previous season with an ERA over five, his strikeout rate of 11.5 per nine innings in the last two seasons is promising.
Chasen Shreve, LHP
The 30-year-old was solid for the New York Mets in 2020, pitching to a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings of work. He also posted an impressive 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings, but struggled with his command, walking over four per nine innings.
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