Phillies: Top 5 free agents still available during the break
The Phillies could add a couple of players once the season returns
Due to the Phillies and MLB being on hold at the moment, teams around the league are actually being presented with a pretty unique opportunity. An extended “offseason” period. With more time to think over one’s roster, general managers may use this time to poke around once more in a usually less than appealing free agency market.
The Phillies are no exception. They were seriously relying on some of their younger players to overperform this year, and seeing them play in spring training was initially going to be a huge part of that process. With limited actual game time for most of these prospects, the Phillies would be wise to invest their final resources into a few safeguards.
Assuming baseball will resume at some point in 2020, the Philadelphia front office may very well start looking at some veteran options on the market.
#5. Sam Dyson
Despite there actually being some legit free agent relievers available this offseason, the Phillies chose to opt out of adding anyone notable. Deciding instead to roll with their usual mish-mash group of injury prone young guys, and below average veterans.
Enter in Sam Dyson. The 31 year old righty reliever was having a pretty solid 2019 season before being traded. Initially posting a 2.47 ERA across 51 innings with the Giants, Dyson was acquired by the Twins at the trade deadline. In just 11.1 innings with his new team, he allowed nine runs (yikes!).
Dyson underwent shoulder surgery at the end of the 2019 season, which may explain why he struggled so much towards the end of the year. Assuming he’s made a full recovery from his operation, it’s reasonable to assume he could regain at least some of that first-half 2019 form.