Is this the worst Phillies trade proposal ever?
The Philadelphia Phillies have made some unfathomable awful, downright mystifying trades in franchise history. Grover Cleveland Alexander, Fergie Jenkins, Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg, the list goes on and on.
But on Thursday, I received an email with a trade proposal that was nothing short of dumbfounding.
Zack Britton for Didi Gregorius. Or rather “Zach” for “Gregarious.”
It has to be a joke, right?
This trade proposal is the equivalent of two duelers in colonial America deciding beforehand to just shoot each other in the knees, so neither walks properly ever again. It’s the rare combination of terrible and utterly pointless.
Gregorius is coming off one of the worst offensive seasons of his career. Over 103 games, he hit .209/.270/.370 with a .639 OPS, 13 home runs, 16 doubles, 35 runs scored, and 54 driven in. That’s the lowest batting average and on-base percentage, and second-lowest OPS of his 10-year career.
Britton, meanwhile, underwent Tommy John surgery in September, and also had bone chips removed from his throwing arm. With the recovery timetable from TJ, he will miss the entire 2022 season, at minimum.
The Phillies have Gregorius under contract for one more year, and owe him over $15M, while the Yankees signed Britton to a four-year deal for $53M through 2022. Gregorius might be coming off a terrible season, but Britton is a lame duck this year. No team is going to take him from the Yankees when he’s out for the entire season before becoming a free agent, and the Yankees aren’t dumb enough to try and move him.
Here are some things that have a better chance of happening than this trade: Mike Schmidt un-retiring and hitting 38 home runs in 2022, the Phillie Phanatic pitching a perfect game, “Old Pete” Alexander coming back from the dead.