Philadelphia Phillies: Signing Brandon Inge Would Be a Good Investment

Zak SchmollAnalyst IApril 27, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 12:  Brandon Inge #15 of the Detroit Tigers hits a single in the third inning of Game Four of the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park on October 12, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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It is no secret the Philadelphia Phillies need all the offense they can get, and an interesting option has just presented itself.

As many of you may have heard, Brandon Inge was released by the Detroit Tigers. He should now be brought to Philadelphia to try to add a spark to a stagnant offense.

However, Inge is a 34-year-old utility man who had a very difficult 2011. He only hit .197 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 102 games. Why would the Phillies even care about someone who ended up on the wrong side of the Mendoza line last season?

Quite frankly, the contract price is not going to be very high because of that difficult 2011 and his slow start this season. Inge does not have a lot to bargain with.

He does have a lot to offer his new team, though. If you consider his entire career, he has averaged 16 home runs per 162 games and has hit 27 home runs in two different seasons, so he has shown he has the potential to rise above this average.

The Phillies will be able to acquire Inge and his potential at probably the lowest value of his career given his recent struggles. Therefore, they need to consider this signing like an investment. There is a high potential reward to signing him. Paying a low price for a stock that is quite possibly going to rise is almost always considered a very good investment because you normally have to pay a lot for that strong return.

The Philadelphia Phillies need a spark in their offense that will not cost very much but will help drive in the runs until Ryan Howard and Chase Utley make their returns. Brandon Inge would be a great choice to fill that gap.


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