The Philadelphia Phillies they could be a plausible business partner with teams like the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers when the lockout ends. The Phillies have a strong core, led by reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper, catcher JT Realmuto and a quality group at the front of the rotation.
However, the team has potential weaknesses at both positions on the left side of the infield and the two outfield spots alongside Harper, in addition to their seemingly annual question marks in the bullpen:
It is included to A’s right-hander Lou Trivino, who could be on the move as part of a broader A’s selloff, and at Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain, among the players who could pique the Phils’ interest.
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With Cain set to make $18MM in the final season of a five-year deal, Milwaukee would likely have to throw in some cash to facilitate a deal. However, even entering his 36-year-old campaign, the two-time All-Star would likely be an improvement over Philadelphia’s lackluster inside options at the job.
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