The Philadelphia Phillies are contenders, but they need some improvement; could Kyle Seager help out the middle of their order?`
The Phillies seem to be in perennial “win-now mode”, but have been a piece or two shy of being a real contender over the last 10 years. The team has a good mix of veteran and young talent, but a major need for them is another left-handed bat to play alongside NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper, as well as a third baseman who can field the position at a high level.
The Phillies’ current third baseman is Alec Bohm, a finalist in NL Rookie of the Year voting after the shortened 2020 season. Bohm is a big part of the Phillies’ future, but his defense has been questionable; the 6’5″, 215 lb., 25-year-old had a .936 fielding percentage at third base this season, well behind Seager’s .965 fielding percentage. Bohm’s future could be at first base, with Rhys Hoskins moving back to the outfield, so third base could soon be open in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is an East Coast city starved for postseason baseball, plays in a highly competitive division, and has a glaring need for a left-handed power hitter who can field the hot corner well. At first glance, the Phillies appear to be the best destination for Mariners legend Kyle Seager as he explores free agency for the first time in his career.