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Between Aaron Altherr, Williams and the speedy Roman Quinn, one of the young outfielders is bound to go. Unfortunately, Altherr’s trade value is not at its highest point right now. The 28 year old struggled mightily to start the 2018 season, getting sent down to Triple A Lehigh Valley for a significant part of the season. This used Altherr’s last minor league option. The outfielder batted below the Mendoza line at .181 with only eight home runs. Altherr’s K% leaped from 25% in 2017 to 32% last season. Including some defensive struggles Altherr was good for -0.8 wins in 2018.
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Similar to Williams, Altherr did have a very good 2017. Prior to the All Star game, Altherr was batting .284 with 14 homers and 44 RBI in what was a solid All Star campaign. Altherr’s downhill trend starting after that, batting .240 to finish the year with only five more home runs. He finished the season third in home runs and runs batted in, fifth in runs scored and stolen bases, and sixth in hits and doubles amongst Phillies.
After his 2018 struggles and a slow start to spring training, it looks like Altherr could soon be on the move. Since he did use his final minor league option last season he cannot be sent down to Lehigh Valley or Reading without clearing waivers. Altherr could potentially be used in a trade if the Phillies check back in on Rangers pitcher Mike Minor, which is currently unlikely. Altherr will likely see little playing time in 2019 with the Phillies if he is not released.