Having already secured a number of significant acquisitions, the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly not done there.
In recruiting well at catcher, with Garrety Stubbs and Donny Sands joining from the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees respectively, they are reportedly not done there.
It is understood that they are monitoring more options and a number of names have come under consideration as a result.
Three stars on Phillies’ radar
Reportedly, signing a closer is the team’s primary goal and because of this, three names have been lined up.
Free agent Kenley Jansen, as well as trade candidates Josh Hader and Craig Kimbrel are said to be on the shortlist of star names, though it is thought that Jansen is likely to re-sign with the Dodgers.
Speaking on MLB network, analyst Jon Heyman reviewed the best possible option: “If I were to predict right now, I would say Kimbrel,” he said.
“Philly does not have a ton of prospects to trade, but I think they have enough to come up with Kimbrel.
“I think Kimbrel is likely to be traded somewhere,” said Heyman. “We know Dave Dombrowski has that connection via Boston.”
Kimbrel may hold the key
Reportedly, the Chicago White Sox have chosen to exercise the $16 million option in 33-year-old Kimbrel’s contract for the 2022 season, however he is still an option for a trade.
The White Sox are spoiled for choice in the closer role, with Liam Hendricks – arguably the best in the game, already on their books.
While the White Sox do hold the cards, it would also depend on where Kimbrel wants to play and if he feels that a move east would be good for him. He will also no doubt consider how much game time he may get at the White Sox, with Hendricks in the form of his life.
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