Five free agents Phillies should consider this offseason
4. Jurickson Profar
Jurickson Profar is likely still considered a “bust” by most standards, but he only just turned 27 years old, and the potential for future success remains, as proven by his production this season.
Having never hit above .254 in parts of eight big league seasons, Profar showed more plate discipline and bat to ball ability this year with the Padres. He was never a big strikeout guy, but in terms of hard contact, the numbers were not great. A case of a guy being brought up to early in the developmental process, Profar seems to have matured to become at least an average staring big league infielder, a commodity that will play in this year’s offseason market. He’ll hit you 15-20 homers with gap power, and if this season isn’t a fluke, he’ll be able to hit upwards of .270 while playing big-league defense.
With the right fit and a little protection in the lineup, Profar could be a solid addition for the next few years by a team looking to contend soon.
5. Marcell Ozuna
He’ll never be a wizard on the defensive side of the ball, but with the implementation of the DH into the NL this year, Marcell Ozuna has shown himself to be a serious power threat from the right side.
Ozuna slashed .338/.431/.636 with an OPS over 1.000, numbers that can’t be ignored. He’s been a surprisingly consistent hitter, and his all other nothing swing hasn’t yielded the strikeouts one might think.
Entering his age 30 season, Ozuna’s career will lengthen out as a DH, especially if the NL continues with the role. Teams may see the “Nelson Cruz of the future,” meaning his market should be good. Teams always need hitting, and as mentioned earlier, with the DH in the NL now, teams will be starving for a power bat in the middle of their order, a role Ozuna could slide into nicely.