5 non-tendered players Phillies should consider signing
By Matt Rappa
4. David Dahl, center fielder
The Phillies seem like they could address their center fielder situation this offseason, given the 2020 platoon between Roman Quinn and Adam Haseley did not necessarily take the league by storm.
Perhaps, David Dahl is a cheap solution. A four-year veteran and 2019 All-Star, the Birmingham, Alabama, native had a down year in 2020 with the Colorado Rockies after starting the first three years of his career (2016, 2018-19) slashing .297/.346/.521 with 51 doubles, 12 triples, 38 home runs, and 133 RBI across 240 games.
Playing in 24 games this past season, Dahl slashed only .183/.222/.247 with just a pair of doubles and triples each, no home runs, and nine RBI. Still, his two triples ranked as the 10th-most in the National League.
The Phillies once took a chance on fellow outfielder Jayson Werth being non-tendered by the Los Angeles Dodgers. His career immediately bounced back in red pinstripes, and just two years in, he helped the team win the World Series.
Perhaps Dahl, who will only be 27 come April 1, can help the team do the same. The former 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft will be coming off of an injury-riddled season, and underwent surgery on his right shoulder in September; he is expected to be ready for spring training.
Dahl was expected to make less than $3 million in arbitration, but could now earn that figure, or even slightly more in free agency. Still, his potential to return to All-Star form would be a risk worth taking for the Phillies.