A little known name on the open market, our sister site Blog Red Machine threw Phillip Ervin out as a potential right-handed hitting platoon centerfielder the Phillies could take a look at.
Cincinnati selected Ervin with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Samford University where he hit .337 in one season. He made his major league debut with the Reds in 2017 at the age of 24, but has played sporadically. He’s primarily been a bench/platoon player for the Reds, but he’s coming off the best season of his career.
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In a career best 94 games last season Ervin set career highs across the board with a .271 batting average, seven triples, 11 doubles, and seven home runs. He played all three outfield positions last season committing just two errors in over 500 innings.
Last season Ervin hit .349 against lefties and his extra-base hit splits were almost even. His career numbers are also impressive, sitting at .313 in 106 games.
Ervin has a ton of team control left with another year making the major league minimum and four years of arbitration to follow. The Phillies could stash Ervin at a low price for a while and have him until he’s 33-years-old.
This might not be the flashiest option, but it will be the cheapest and potentially more fruitful options out there on the trade market if Cincinnati is going to move him.