Ranking 5 rumored Phillies outfield targets ahead of trade deadline

There are five new names connected to the Phillies' rumored search for outfield upgrades.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have recently been the subject of trade rumors, with MLB insiders reporting that the Phillies are in the market for outfield upgrades ahead of the July 30 MLB trade deadline. While names like Luis Robert Jr., Kyle Tucker and Tommy Pham have been making the rounds for a few weeks now, former general manager Jim Bowden of The Athletic ties the Phillies to five new names in the impending trade market (subscription required).

The outfield has been solid defensively all season, but offense has been a different story — collectively, Phillies outfielders are hitting .231 with a .650 OPS.

With Brandon Marsh and Trea Turner likely to return sometime in the next week, the Phillies have some interesting roster decisions to make that could spell the end of the line of one or more members of the current 26-man roster. The Phillies will be forced to choose between designating either Cristian Pache or David Dahl for assignment in the coming days.

It's possible that the players Bowden has connected to the Phillies better represent the team's longer-term post-All-Star break plan.

Ranking 5 rumored Phillies outfield targets ahead of trade deadline

Bowden knows a thing or two about roster construction thanks to his time as a former general manager with the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals. Still well connected, Bowden no doubt has some insider knowledge of what some present general managers are looking for ahead of the trade deadline. He says the Phillies are "trying to improve their outfield with either an offensive upgrade in center field or by adding complementary outfielders."

He mentions Robert Jr. and Pham, but with their prices likely being so high, he also dropped five new names the Phillies might target.

No. 5: Brendan Donovan, STL

Brendan Donovan's inclusion on Bowden's list is a bit of a head-scratcher. While Donovan has experience at every position, with the exception of pitcher and catcher, his profile as a player seems to be nearly identical to that of current Phillies super-utilityman Whit Merrifield. Unless the team is looking to cut bait with Merrifield after a slow start (unlikely), a move for Donovan seems like a bit of a long shot.

The 27-year-old Donovan is currently hitting .248 with five home runs, and 29 RBI through his first 242 at-bats. A left-handed hitter, Donovan hit 11 home runs last season while driving in 34 runs in 95 games, and played all over the infield.

This doesn't seem like a move that fits the Phillies' current needs, with Merrifield, Edmundo Sosa, and Kody Clemens all carrying the same type of positional versatility. In the unlikely event that the Phillies try to make a move for Donovan, a mid-level prospect would probably get a deal done.