Phillies: 3 Rays trade targets to keep an eye on this series

Ryan Yarbrough #48 of the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Ryan Yarbrough #48 of the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Mike Brosseau #43 of the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

1. Mike Brosseau

Currently, the Tampa Bay Rays are 32-20 and a half game ahead of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East. So, if the Phillies and Rays do make a trade, it would have to benefit both clubs — as they strive to make the postseason and potentially meet again in the Fall Classic, 13 years later.

Three-year veteran Mike Brosseau is not an everyday starter for the Rays, yet he provides value through versatility. Since debuting in June 2019, Brosseau has played first base, second base, third base, left field and right field. Overall, he has committed just five errors spanning 330 chances and 773 1/3 innings, all the while turning 41 double plays.

It is no secret that the 2021 Phillies have among the worst defenses in Major League Baseball — with their 0.59 team errors per game ranking as the 12th-worst. Third baseman Alec Bohm, specifically, is tied with two other players for committing the fifth-most errors (8).

Brosseau would help improve the Phillies defense in late-game situations, while also being a bench bat with capability of producing extra-base hits. In 101 at-bats this season, the 27-year-old has slugged five doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI. Also, in his most recent game against the Kansas City Royals, he notably walked three times in four plate appearances. In early May, Brosseau broke up an eighth-inning no-hit bid with a clutch double.

The Phillies could always use a bench upgrade with a player like Brosseau.