2 players the Phillies should extend next, 1 extension they should avoid

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2) The Phillies should extend Bryson Stott before he becomes expensive

Bryson Stott had a very rough first half of his rookie season before blossoming right before our eyes down the stretch. In the second half of the season, he slashed .276/.331/.404 with four home runs and nine stolen bases. He won't ever be a huge power hitter, but Stott can hit at the top of this order for a long time while being a fixture alongside Trea Turner in the middle infield.

Stott took this momentum from the second half and has been even better to begin the 2023 season. He had a hit in each of the first 17 games the Phillies played this season which is the longest streak for any Philadelphia player in the modern era to begin a season. He went hitless in the second game of their doubleheader in Chicago to snap that streak.

He's hitting .363 with an .845 OPS in the first 18 games of the season. It's been quite the start for the Phillies second baseman.

Obviously as a second-year player the Phillies are under no major obligation to get this done, but extending him through his arbitration years and a couple of years into free agency makes a ton of sense. He is the second baseman of the future and is already a core piece of this team. These kinds of extensions for young players have become more common now with the Braves setting the trend. A team-friendly deal for Stott has the potential to look really good in a couple of years.