Can the Phillies find a diamond in the rough after the non-tender deadline?
The Phillies opened several holes on their roster at the non-tender deadline, releasing Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez instead of offering a large contract and possibly going to arbitration.
Hernandez and Franco are among several high-profile players who were non-tendered this offseason, entering the open market for the first time in their careers.
Philadelphia now has an opportunity to find a diamond in the rough and fill holes on their roster without paying a premium in the trade market.
Here are five players recently non-tendered who could interest the Phillies this offseason.
After two seasons hitting 30 home runs and playing across the diamond in Milwaukee, the Brewers released Travis Shaw at the tail-end of an injury-plagued season. He hit just .157 with seven home runs, and was demoted during the season.
The upside with Shaw is that he could give the Phillies a bounce-back season at a cheap price. Shaw made $4.6 million in arbitration last offseason, but could be signed for half that price to compete for a job in Philadelphia.
Shaw would also give the Phillies position flexibility, similar to Scott Kingery. Shaw could start at third, second, or first base, but the Phillies would primarily look for him to provide depth at third base.
If Shaw comes out hot, the Phillies will have their starting third baseman for the season. If not, there’s room for Alec Bohm to come up from Lehigh Valley. Shaw could also play second if the Phillies opt to play Kingery in center or at third.
It’s a low-risk/high-reward move Philadelphia should look into this offseason, especially if they’re concerned with hitting the luxury tax with another large signing.