The Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster currently contains zero World Series winners. That could soon change with the addition of former Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins super-utility man Marwin González.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies have begun ‘showing interest’ in the Venezuelan international. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com has also reported that the Boston Red Sox have interest in the 31-year-old as well.
While González is a light-hitter, the bulk of his value comes from his abundance of experience at nearly every position. González has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career. In 2017, he slashed .303/.377/.530 while spending over 100 innings at first base, second base, shortstop, third base and left field.
Though not heavily implicated in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, González was a key member of the team and it is fair to assume he was involved to some extent.
González signed a two-year deal worth $21 million with the Minnesota Twins following the 2018 season. Though he struggled in 2020’s shortened season, González was a productive utility man in 2019. He spent time at six different positions over the course of the season and finished the year with a .736 OPS.
Should González ink a deal with the Phillies, it would presumably be in the form of a one-year contract. His role would not be dissimilar to what Scott Kingery has done over the past three seasons, especially if the Phillies anticipate using Kingery more exclusively in center field in 2021.
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