3 Free agents the Philadelphia Phillies should be obsessed with signing

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Starling Marte #2 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Houston Astros in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Starling Marte #2 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Houston Astros in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Phillies Kyle Schwarber
Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Kyle Schwarber (18) flips the bat as he runs the bases after hitting a grand slam against the Houston Astros during the second inning of game three of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Kyle Schwarber

Reuniting Kyle Schwarber with the hitting coach who remade him would be an offensive dream come true for the Phillies. They’ve already hired Kevin Long, so now they just need Schwarber.

For one thing, Schwarber is an endorsement of what Long can and will hopefully do for the Phillies’ anemic offense (Harper excluded). He posted career-highs in batting average, on-base, slugging, OPS, OPS+, and didn’t come close to his worst year by strikeouts.

Schwarber’s 32 home runs was the second-most of his career, but more impressive considering it only took him 113 games to hit them. Between June 12-29, he hit an astounding 16 home runs in 18 games, with 27 RBI and 20 runs scored.

Traditionally a left-fielder, Schwarber also learned first base when the Red Sox acquired him, so he’s added some defensive versatility to his resumé. He’s also got extensive postseason experience, including a mammoth grand slam off the Houston Astros in this year’s ALCS.

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