Phillies in the race for Twins outfielder Byron Buxton
The MLB trade deadline is just two hours away, and things are heating up for the Phillies. According to Jon Heyman, the Phillies are one of six or seven teams in the mix for Minnesota Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton. Heyman went on to say that the Phillies love Buxton as a possible centerfielder for the club.
Byron Buxton became available after the two sides were unable to work out a contract extension. Over the 153 games, Buxton has over 33 home runs and 21 stolen bases. In just this season, he’s batting .369 with a 1.176 OPS with 38 hits, ten home runs, 19 RBIs, and five stolen bases in 103 at-bats. There is a high injury risk by acquiring Byron Buxton, but his ceiling is even higher.
The Phillies’ centerfield has been nothing short of a carousel this season. Adam Haseley was opening day starter before leaving the team for undisclosed reasons. Mickey Moniak is not ready yet to make the jump to the pros full-time, and Roman Quinn is out for the remainder of the season. Odubel Herrera hasn’t been terrible but has been up and down, and there’s no future for him in Philadelphia, but he could be a solid fourth outfielder for the Phillies if a move happens.
Early on today, Philadelphia was very quiet but has been more active in the closing hours. The Phillies acquired Minor League reliever Braeden Ogle, from Pittsburgh and are making a hard push for Rangers’ starter Kyle Gibson.
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