10 Top free agents the Phillies need to pay or pass on

Sep 8, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Starling Marte (2) slides after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Starling Marte (2) slides after hitting a double against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /
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Which free agents are worth the Philadelphia Phillies’ money this offseason?

After a 2021 season and postseason full of dark-horse teams, the 2021-22 offseason is going to be an absolute madhouse. Add in the upcoming CBA negotiations (it expires Dec 1) and the likely return of the Universal DH, and the hot stove boileth over.

The Philadelphia Phillies are one of many teams that are expected to spend big this offseason, and they’ve already been linked to several free agents in their quest to return to the postseason next year for the first time since 2011.

For 16 years, MLB Trade Rumors has ranked the Top 50 Free Agents and predicted their landing spots.

Here are 10 free agents the Phillies are predicted to sign and whether or not they should pay or pass on them:

1. Carlos Correa SS

Carlos Correa is expected to be the biggest fish in the free-agent pond this winter, and MLBTR  estimates he’ll command 10 years in the ballpark of $320M.

This contract seems a bit rich for the Phillies’ blood, considering they’ve already got Bryce Harper under contract with a near-identical price tag and would have to figure out how to unload Didi Gregorius and the remaining $14M they owe him. Correa also carries the rep of being a cheater, and his attitude about the player-driven scheme was unpleasant. Pass.

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