Ranking 5 rumored Phillies outfield targets ahead of trade deadline

There are five new names connected to the Phillies' rumored search for outfield upgrades.
Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas
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No. 4: Jacob Young, WSN

Jacob Young is a rookie outfielder who has experience at all three positions during his limited time in the majors. A seventh-round pick of the Washington Nationals in 2021, Young hit for a decent average at the lower levels of the minor leagues, showcases gap power, and is a serious threat on the base paths.

In 89 career MLB games, Young has hit .255 with 72 hits, 15 doubles, 28 RBI and 30 steals. While he has yet to hit a home run in his first 282 career at-bats, he has stolen 30 bases and has only been caught four times.

Despite the positional versatility in the outfield, trading for Young doesn't seem like a move that makes sense for the Phillies. Would trading for Young be an upgrade over Johan Rojas or Dahl? It doesn't look like a fit.

No. 3: Gavin Sheets, CHW

The Chicago White Sox are likely to have a major fire sale soon after starting the season with a record of 17-52 and holding the dubious honor of being the worst team in MLB. With Luis Robert Jr. and Tommy Pham likely to be traded, Gavin Sheets could be attractive for teams looking for some added power at both positions.

The 6-foot-5 Sheets has a .240 batting average with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 204 at-bats on the season. Overall for his career, Sheets has hit .231 with 43 home runs and 158 RBI in 360 games. He has spent most of his time in right field but makes the occasional start at first base.

A move for Sheets would make sense if the Phillies decided to find a left-handed platoon partner for Nick Castellanos, but there has been zero indication that the front office or manager Rob Thomson are currently considering such a move. Sheets is still on a pre-arbitration contract, so a trade would probably require a decent prospect. Gavin Sheets for Griff McGarry?