Pete Mackanin desperately wanted to add a veteran bat, and Klentak delivered. Howie Kendrick is projected to start the season at the Phillies left fielder, although he can also play second if Cesar Hernandez is moved.
Mackanin said he would love another major league bat to help Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, and Tommy Joseph develop. Any trade involving the acquisition of a big bat would cost the Phillies some talent, such as Hernandez or Herrera.
Names such as Andrew McCutchen, Brian Dozier, and J.D. Martinez have been thrown around, but the likely hood of any of those happening is slim. Martinez makes some sense, while Dozier would simply be a luxury based on his 40 home run potential.
Signing or trading for an impact bat of t hat magnitude won’t happen. Reserves such as Brandon Moss, Logan Morrison, or Daniel Nava could compete for a job on a young team. Utility men such as Andres Blanco, Daniel Descalso, or Stephen Drew could fill that role.