10 Excellent and terrible centerfield options for the Phillies

Aug 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds (10) can not catch a double by Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (not pictured) during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Bryan Reynolds (10) can not catch a double by Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (not pictured) during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Max Kepler
Aug 30, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler (26) reacts after making a catch for the final out of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Max Kepler

The Phillies’ hopes of adding Byron Buxton to their outfield died when the Minnesota Twins signed him to a massive contract extension, but what about Max Kepler?

Though he’s spent the bulk of his career in right field, the 28-year-old outfielder has over 150 appearances in center. He’s also made exactly one error over the last three years, and it was in right field.

In 2019, the Twins signed Kepler to a five-year extension through 2023, and a club option for 2024. The AAV is $7M, which isn’t a terribly high amount to allocate towards the luxury tax, if the new CBA does not amend that issue.

Kepler has also proven himself to be a solid hitter, averaging 32 doubles and 27 home runs per 162 games. He’s coming off a down year in which he hit .211, but he’s certainly someone the Phillies should keep an eye on.

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