4 Phillies outfield trade candidates from clubs already falling out of contention

The Phillies are shopping for outfielders. Here are four possibilities.
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Harrison Bader, NYM

The likelihood of the Phillies making a deal with a divisional foe in the New York Mets is less than the 25 other clubs. However, there is a good chance that New York will be sellers at the deadline. They are 28-36 and 16.5 games back of Philadelphia in the NL East.

The free agent-to-be Harrison Bader is having a decent year for the Mets. He is known more for his defense than his offense. For his career, the Bronxville, New York native has a .985 fielding percentage in 599 contests in center field. In far fewer career games in left and right, he has also demonstrated reliable defense.

Offensively, the 30-year-old had a .267/.324/.460 line with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2021. He posted his highest OPS at .784 in 103 games that year. In 53 games with the Mets this season, he has a .267/.316/.369 slash line. Considering Bader will be a free agent, he's another player who shouldn't cost the Phillies much to acquire in trade.

The Mets currently trail the Chicago Cubs for the third Wild Card spot by 3.0 games. While that may not seem like a lot, the Mets have lacked consistency, going 9-19 in May. They weren't viewed as one of the top teams in the NL entering the year, and rumors have begun that New York will undergo another fire sale at the deadline for a second consecutive season.