The outfield saw the least change of the three main position groups, and rightly so. The starting three of Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, and Nick Williams were among the team’s most productive hitters. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, right? The only significant addition to the major-league team they made in the outfield was signing Seth Smith to be the fourth outfielder.
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The Nationals reached out to the Phillies to try and trade for one of those three, but that conversation ended almost immediately when it became clear they did not want to part with any of them.
The team did pick up two outfield prospects via trade. The Angels sent their top prospect, Jahmai Jones, to Philadelphia in the Hernandez trade. The other player the Angels sent, Parker Bridwell, was flipped to the Brewers in exchange for Kyle Wren.
Wren could compete for the fifth outfield position with Cameron Perkins and Roman Quinn.
He hit well in Triple-A last year, but could head back there again. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Jones will probably start the year in High-A Clearwater after playing just 41 High-A games in 2017. However, he should get a chance at Double-A Reading by the end of the season.
Remember, these moves were part of a simulation (it’s all an illusion). Could the Phils theoretically these moves? Yes. Will they? Maybe. Guess we have to wait and see.