The Phillies are now connected with every Marlins player under the sun
First it was Giancarlo Stanton, then Christian Yelich, now it’s Dee Gordon that’s reportedly caught the Phillies’ wishful eyes.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports says the team is showing some interest in the son of former Phillies closer Tom “Flash” Gordon.
At face value, the interest in Gordon doesn’t make a whole ton of sense from the Phillies standpoint. Gordon has only played second and shortstop in his career, and it appears the Phillies believe they have their future middle infielders going forward.
Some combination of Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, J.P. Crawford, and Scott Kingery should be strong defensively up the middle, which is where the Phillies are trending in their rebuild.
Perhaps Philadelphia sees Hernandez as a third baseman in the short-term future with Gordon or Galvis at second until Kingery arrives. Hernandez also has experience in left field, but Philadelphia has a plethora of young outfielders in the minors.
Gordon also recently signed a five-year $50 million contract extension with the Marlins, which could signal the Marlins looking for a simple salary dump.
It may be General Manager Matt Klentak looking at Yelich, whom he values very high. The team may be willing to take on a salary such as Stanton or Gordon to help alleviate what they’d need to send in return to Miami.
It’s hard to see the Phillies dealing a top prospect to a division rival, especially an impact bat such as Maikel Franco or Tommy Joseph.
Take this rumor at what it is, simply just a rumor. We’re two weeks away from the trade deadline, and a lot will change in the coming days for this team. Philadelphia will be playing in Miami, giving their front office and coaching staff a close look at some of the Marlins young stars.