The Reality Of The Situation
Again, I really like Tommy Joseph. I would be totally fine with him as the Phillies everyday first basemen for the next 5-10 years. But it’s becoming harder and harder for me to see that vision come to fruition when you factor in all the reasons mentioned.
As mentioned, he’s a poor defender, he can only play first, and he’s never going to be an on base machine. But he can hit, and hit for power. There’s no arguing the value in that, especially when you start talking about the consistent rate in which Joseph was displaying his power, but it’s also hard to argue the reality that Tommy Joseph should be considered a trade candidate just as much as any other rumored player on the team.
It’s sad and I hate to admit it, but Joseph is far from a bigger picture piece for the Phillies at this point in time. And that’s what this comes down to, the bigger picture. I wouldn’t bank on a move, but there are scenarios in play that could enable one.