5 Phillies trade targets from teams quickly falling out of contention
By Tim Boyle
3) Phillies trade target: Randal Grichuk from the Rockies
If the Phillies don’t add any offense at this year’s trade deadline they may be perfectly fine. A major injury could always change this. But they don’t need to go out and start trading for a first baseman or make too many other drastic moves. Alec Bohm and maybe even Bryce Harper can handle first base. If the Phillies are going to add a bat, make it a position player that can upgrade them defensively somewhere.
That’s where impending free agent Randal Grichuk jumps into the picture. A member of the Colorado Rockies, he’s one of many chips they’ll be shopping this summer. He’s off to an incredible start since debuting after an IL stint. As a corner outfield option for the Phillies, he’d allow more time for Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber to DH.
Grichuk isn’t a perfect player and would fit a team at the trade deadline best as a possible platoon partner. He has hit well against lefties in the past. As much as a bat isn’t such a great need for this ball club, he’s a more than reasonable player to trade for.
First baseman C.J. Cron is probably the other best trade target on the Rockies. However, his defensive limitations make him far less intriguing.