This MLB offseason has been a rollercoaster of emotions for any baseball fan. Trade rumors, record-breaking deals, and other surprising moves riddled this offseason and have kept people on their toes across the MLB. With spring training in full swing, and the regular season right around the corner, trades and deals are still in the works for many teams. Rumors even exist that Bryce Harper may join the Phillies to a tune of $300 million. This is what the Phillies are shaping up to look like for the 2019 season.
The Phillies made serious moves behind the plate this offseason. The quest to sign top catcher, J.T. Realmuto, ended with the Phillies making the deal. Realmuto is considered the best catcher in the game right now with defensive prowess and an even better plate stats.
First Base & Left Field
This is something that seems a bit weird at first, but Rhys Hoskins is going to making the swap from left field to holding down first base. The move comes after the Phillies picked up Andrew McCutchen to fill the defensive void Hoskins left in the outfield. Hoskins had one of the worst defensive years many people have ever seen, all while having a great year at the plate. With Cutch’s great defense in the past, this move should hopefully keep Rhys in the lineup.
One of two positions on the Phillies where the lead man is still undetermined. Odubel Herrera and Roman Quinn are both fighting to get the starting spot in center. Herrera came off of a statistically bad year which is prompting the battle. Quinn has speed and utility even if Herrera returns to his old self, and can be a threat from the bench as a late game runner.
The second position in the midst of a battle, Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery are both vying to get the spot. Maikel Franco was a top prospect in the MLB and started to get hot in the last half of last season. Should he stay on the rise, he should be a shoo-in for the hot corner. His performance has been anything but consistent at this point though giving Kingery a chance to see some time.