Justin Upton Still Fits Into Philadelphia Phillies’ Plans
Imagine a Phillies’ outfield that had Upton, Ben Revere and Darin Ruf in it. Charlie Manuel’s squad could boast one of the better and younger three-man contingents in the game. Supplemented by two, or three other backup men, the team would have rebuilt a weak portion of its roster in approximately one year.
General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. knows that Upton isn’t likely to have the Phillies listed on the lines of his limited no-trade agreement with the Diamondbacks. It was that factor that apparently prevented the Seattle Mariners from obtaining the 25-year-old this week.
The six-year veteran won’t be a free agent until after the 2015 season. So, a heavy package would have to be shipped from Citizens Bank Park to Chase Field as part of this diamond exchange. After making a variety of high-profile moves since he took control of the team in the fall of 2008, Amaro has proven that he’s capable of obtaining anyone.
Domonic Brown‘s value will rise if he demonstrates consistency this season. The decision to then keep a left-handed hitting right fielder, who would have only generated one decent season, would become one part of a developing equation. The other factors would involve convincing the Diamondbacks to take Brown and whoever else would be included in the deal, while also topping the offers of other teams.
Upton isn’t a great fielder. His offensive game also isn’t perfect. But, the addition of his right-handed bat would provide the Phillies with a more balanced starting eight.