For the first time in a long time, we’re about to enter a month of Phillies trade rumors with the team in position to actually be a buyer.
While the need in the bullpen is obvious right now, adding another bat could also be a priority if the Phillies stay in the race. According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, a future Hall of Fame third baseman is on Philadelphia’s radar–but it’s not the one you think.
Texas Rangers veteran Adrian Beltre, not Baltimore Orioles Cheap Elite Jerseys superstar Manny Machado, is a name to watch between now and July 31.
Versatility down the stretch : If Beltre arrived, he would play third base virtually every day in August and September. That could spur a move that puts Crawford (when he returns from a fractured hand) back at shortstop and Scott Kingery in a utility role. If Phillies right fielders (collective.612 OPS entering play on June 22) don’t pick it up, Kingery could see time there.
Can still hit : Here’s the most important piece of this puzzle. Entering play on June 22, Beltre owned a.302 average and 13 extra-base hits in 159 at-bats. If he can can stay healthy (hamstring issues have cost him time this season), we’re still watching a dangerous hitter with bat-on-ball skills and all-time great defense.
The unit’s primary responsibility is to keep prized starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo out of harm’s way. If they accomplish that from wire-to-wire, the Niners remain a juicy pick to press for a playoff spot this autumn-into-winter.
Ellsbury added that he believes the injury is something he’ll have to stay on top of when he returns to action and in the offseason.
World Series winner? Check. NLCS MVP? Check. World Baseball Classic silver medalist? Check, check, check. After quite a year (when’s the last time you won a title 108 years in the making?), Javier Baez decided to top it all off by posing for ESPN’s ninth edition of the Body Issue. Reporter Marly Rivera talked to the 24-year-old Baez about his unique physical gifts, the art of tagging and how he’s inspired Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys by his Puerto Rican roots. Here’s Baez, in his own words:
When I got to the World Series, I started to try to do more than I was capable of doing.