There are a couple free agent options for the Phillies to explore if the designated hitter becomes available in 2019 and Lucas Duda would instantly become a hot name on the free agent market.
The former Mets first baseman has 44 home runs in his last two seasons between the Mets, Rays, Braves, and Royals. Above-average hitting seasons have been sparse for him, but he fits that prototypical DH image we think of.
The Phillies could either let Moustakas be the everyday DH or platoon him and Maikel Franco between the two spots if they can’t sign Manny Machado. The Phillies have been linked to Moustakas since last summer and the Padres have liked Franco, but if the Phillies can have both, why not?
Even if the Phillies get Machado and trade Franco to San Diego for prospects the Phillies could make Moustakas their full-time designated hitter. He’s coming off a 28 home run season and is two years removed from 38 long balls.
Another tradition DH option on the free agent market, Morrison would add a left-handed bat to the Phillies lineup between Hoskins and Andrew McCutchen. Morrison hit 15 home runs in 95 games for the Twins last year and had 38 in Tampa Bay the year before.
If you want two more (somewhat crazy) options, look at bringing back either Tommy Joseph or Hunter Pence.