5 third basemen the Phillies should target at the trade deadline

Who should the Philadelphia Phillies consider to upgrade their third base position via trade?
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Eugenio Suárez, Seattle Mariners

Now we are starting to talk about some big time power. If that is what the Phillies are looking for in upgrading their third base position, look to none other than Eugenio Suárez of the Seattle Mariners. Suárez has hit at least the 30 home run plateau four times in his career, including an astounding 49 home runs in 2019 with the Cincinnati Reds. Originally a player that could hit for both power and average, his contact ability has declined a bit in recent years, leading to his lower batting average, but his power is definitely still present.

For 2023, he is currently batting .230, with a .727 OPS, with 41 runs scored, 16 doubles, 14 home runs and 58 RBI in a somewhat down year with respect to his standards. But one can definitely count on him to be hitting close to 25 home runs and 80 RBI each year, so perhaps a change in scenery for the 31-year-old to a contending team is enough to revitalize the power-hitting slugger and help the Phillies power their way to a playoff spot.

Ryan McMahon, Colorado Rockies

Another interesting trade target for the Phillies is Colorado Rockies’ third baseman Ryan McMahon. Formerly a second-round draft pick by the Rockies back in 2013, McMahon has recently carved out a decent MLB career so far with the ballclub after the departure of Arenado from Colorado. Obviously, he is nowhere near the production that Arenado brings to a team year in and year out, but McMahon has been good for close to 20 home runs and 80 RBI each year, while maintaining a career batting average of .246 and career OPS of .758.

More importantly, he has some finesse speed and can steal the odd base, along with legging out some triples along the way. Again, if the Phillies don’t want to overspend on upgrading their third base position, they should consider McMahon as a possible candidate, as he would definitely be an upgrade over Sosa or Harrison that they currently have.