Phillies Have Four Players They Should Target In Free Agency Come 2018

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Aug 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) walks to the dugout in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) walks to the dugout in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 4, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) readies to bat in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) readies to bat in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez will turn 32 this October but is still as much of a menace at the plate as he’s ever been. The Rockies right fielder carried a .298 batting average in 2016 while slugging 25 home runs and 100 RBI.

The three-time All Star would make an excellent addition to the Phillies in 2018 if Howie Kendrick struggles. Kendrick, acquired in a trade with the Dodgers this offseason, is on the last year of his deal and will serve as Philadelphia’s primary left fielder for the time being.

With CarGo’s sweet left handed swing and a short right field porch at Citizen’s Bank Park, this could be a match made in home run heaven.

Statistics by Baseball Reference

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