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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Phillies Kris Bryant
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Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant can play centerfield, as well as several other positions. He’s spent the bulk of his career at third base, has over 100 appearances each in left and right field, and 29 in center.

Bryant is one of the healthier and more offensively talented options on this list; in only seven seasons, he’s played more games than Kevin Kiermaier has in nine. Aside from the shortened 2020 campaign, Bryant has played 144+ games in all but one of his big-league seasons. He has a lifetime .278/.376/.504 line and .880 OPS, and averages 37 doubles and 31 home runs per 162 games.

Having Bryant and his hometown pal Bryce Harper in the same lineup would be quite a dangerous duo. Like Harper, Bryant has already been Rookie of the Year and won an MVP award. He’s also a four-time All-Star and has what Harper desperately wants: a World Series ring.

With his talent, Bryant is probably out of the Phillies’ range. Unless, of course, they finally throw caution to the wind and exceed that pesky luxury tax threshold. I’d sign him in a heartbeat, but the Phillies probably won’t.

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