Phillies: Three players who could be traded midseason
By David Esser
Will the Phillies be forced to trade one of these three guys during the season?
Despite being linked to blockbuster trades all summer long, the Phillies ultimately stood pat, instead returning a very similar roster to that of last season.
With that said, under new manager Joe Girardi, Philadelphia is looking to end their near decade long playoff drought in 2020.
If things aren’t going their way halfway through the summer, expect the team to be aggressive in trying to shake things up.
Here are three guys who could find themselves on the way out by the trade deadline.
After an up and down first year in Philadelphia, the Phillies have begun to get creative in trying to maximize Jean Segura’s value. Despite never actually playing third base before, the Phillies have begun transitioning him over to the hot corner, with the goal of making Scott Kingery the everyday second baseman.
The problem with this for Segura is that the Phillies just happen to have the #1 rated third base prospect in the MLB, Alec Bohm.
Bohm is projected to make his major league debut sometime this season, most likely around the trade deadline. While Segura is no doubt a talented player, the team would surely prefer Bohm beginning to lock down the third base position for years to come.
Segura was acquired last offseason in an attempt to overhaul the roster with All-Star level talent. Harper, Realmuto, and Segura headlined a new lineup that was expected to crush teams with their offensive power. While Harper and Realmuto have been just as good as advertised, Segura has noticeably lagged behind.
Their biggest need entering 2020 is not in their infield, it lies rather in the pitching staff. If Matt Klentak and the front office could find a way to swap Segura and his hefty contract for a #3 starter or a legit bullpen arm, expect them to highly consider making that move.