3 Free agents the Philadelphia Phillies should be afraid to acquire

Sep 5, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /
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After their first winning season since 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to make moves this offseason.

They absolutely should; every year that they don’t go all in is a year wasted on Bryce Harper‘s mega-contract.

But when the Phillies decide to go shopping, they should not throw caution to the wind and abandon practicality. There are quite a few players on the market this winter whom the Phillies should be wary of signing.

Here are three:

The Phillies should be wary of Corey Seager’s injury history

Corey Seager is one of the best players in baseball when he’s healthy.

Unfortunately, the shortstop dealt with a plethora of injuries that have severely impacted his playing time. In his seven-year career, Seager has only played in 100+ games three times, most recently in 2019.

Technically, his 52 games played in the 60-game 2020 season would also amount to approximately 139 games, though that would also assume he’d avoid injury in a full season.

The Phillies already had to contend with Didi Gregorius‘ injury-impacted 2021 season, and if they do decide to move on from him, it will be costly; he is owed $14 million for 2022.

The absolute worst-case scenario for the Phillies this offseason would be to throw an absurd amount of money at Seager, only for him to get injured again and spend significant time on the sidelines. There are less-risky, more affordable options available.

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