Phillies: Bryce Harper domino effect could last decades
Mike Moustakas is signed to a short-term deal
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported earlier this month that if the Phillies do not sign Manny Machado they’ve been monitoring the market for third baseman Mike Moustakas.
The slugging third baseman was left out to dry in the free agent market last year and signed a one year deal to return to the Royals before being traded to Milwaukee. Moustakas has hit 66 home runs over the last two seasons but hasn’t gotten many bites in his last two tours of free agency.
It sounds as if the Phillies are ready to move on from Maikel Franco, who was thought to be the next great Phillies third baseman, the best since Scott Rolen was traded. Franco has had ups and downs throughout his career and the Phillies want more consistency while they await top prospect Alec Bohm to develop.
Moustakas would bring balance to the Phillies lineup as a left-handed bat, potentially joining Harper and Herrera on the left-hand side of the plate. Throw in switch-hitter Cesar Hernandez and you could have a very balanced lineup every day.
Morosi also notes that Moustakas’ agent is Scott Boras, whom the Phillies will be negotiating with to acquire Harper. Would Boras play the agent game in the Phillies favor to get two of his clients signed? Make sure that the Phillies sign Harper over Machado to keep open the possibility they sign Moustakas to play third?
Moustakas would be an excellent addition to the lineup that could give Philadelphia an incredible trio of power hitters, joining Harper and Rhys Hoskins. You could even throw McCutchen in that conversation as well.
Harper, Moustakas, Hoskins, McCutchen isn’t murderer’s row, but it’d be a scary combination to face every night. Mixing those lefties and righties in the middle of the lineup will cause trouble for opposing bullpens late in games and force them to pitch to a young guy like Hoskins and give him opportunities he’s never had with no one legitimate batting behind him.
Adding Moustakas only means good things for the Phillies, and they could get him for three years at a decent price thanks to their relationship with Boras.