Phillies Free Agent, Trade Options: Which Lefty Makes the Most Sense

Mar 23, 2015; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Brandon Moss (44) reacts after hitting in the fifth against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2015; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Brandon Moss (44) reacts after hitting in the fifth against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /

Jay Bruce

The lone trade candidate on our list is Mets outfielder Jay Bruce, who is on the trade block according to multiple reports. With Yoenis Cespedes re-signed to a long-term deal, space is tight in the outfield for the Mets.

With one year left on his contract, the Phillies could acquire Bruce while still remaining flexible both financially and with the roster going forward.

A consistent 20-30 home run hitter, Bruce would make a great addition to the Phillies lineup. The price might just be too much for a rebuilding team to swallow.

Personally, trades within the division are off limits 9 times out of 10. If the team is able to swap Bruce at the trade deadline, it could pay off in the long run. Should Bruce see a lack of production, or suffer an injury, the inability to collect at the trade deadline on a pricey gamble.

How much would the Phillies gamble for Bruce? Rhys Hoskins, Carlos Tocci, Deivi Grullon could all be names the Phillies could bring up in trade talks with the hope of adding better talent in July.

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