Phillies: Three center fielders available to trade for
Albert Almora Jr.
Albert Almora Jr., the Cubs 2012 first round pick with the sixth overall pick, is ready for a change in scenery after a nightmare season in Chicago.
Almora is a career .274 hitter with just 28 home runs and a 2.4 WAR. Historically Almora has hit lefties well with a .282/.332/.739 slash line in 426 at-bats with the Cubbies over four years.
After three seasons hitting between .277 and .298 Almaro hit just .236 with 32 RBI in 130 games.
The source of his struggles could stem from a May incident when his broken bat injured a young fan, causing a skull fracture and brain damage. Since that game, he has hit just .215 after starting the season on track to hit his regular numbers.
Right now Davis Ross’s Cubs are set to have Ian Happ start in center field, leaving Almora out of the everyday picture. The 25-year-old Almora is projected to make just $1.8 million this offseason in arbitration and has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining before he hits free agency.
The trade price for Almora might be steep given his high ceiling and controllability over the next three seasons. He could fit into the Phillies situation perfectly if he gets back on the right track and it wouldn’t cost the Phillies much financially to keep him or move on.
Keep Almora’s name in mind as the Phillies continue to search for that platoon player to pair with Haseley.