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Currently, the Phillies have maybe one everyday outfielder on their current roster. John Mayberry Jr. is not and will never be an everyday major-league outfielder. His splits against right-handed pitching are pathetic at best, in 179 at-bats, he is batting a whopping .218. He's a fifth outfielder on a good day.
At 35 years old, Juan Pierre has been the best acquisition the Phillies made going into 2012. He is currently batting .304 with a .342 OBP and an incredible 31 stolen bases while being caught only five times.
The Phillies should re-sign Pierre to either man left field if they cannot sign a major outfield free agent or be a fourth outfielder and pinch-runner. He is also a great veteran presence in the clubhouse and is a work horse to boot.
Nate Schierholtz will remain a question mark after he broke his toe after whacking a foul ball off his foot. He will be 29 going into the 2013 season and is not the long-term solution at any outfield position. He is a career .268 hitter with an OPS of .726. He's nothing to write home about. Him and Mayberry should battle for one of the final bench spots in 2013.
A wild card for an outfield position, most likely left field, is Darin Ruf, who currently is killing the ball in Double-A. The 26-year-old is currently batting .310 with 32 HR, 88 RBI, 61 BB, 84 R and an OPS of .999. He also has 63 extra-base hits. Impressed? So is everyone else. Look for him to get a September call-up to see what he can do against big-league pitching.
Finally, we come to the enigma that is Domonic Brown. It looks like the Phillies are finally committed to see what he's got at the major-league level. In his audition for the 2013 squad, he has not disappointed.
Through 21 games, he is batting .282 with an OPS of .761. His defense is still a work in progress to say the least, but his arm has been astonishing from right field. Look for Brown to lock up an everyday starting spot for 2013.
Michael Bourn and Shane Victorino will both be free agents after the 2012 season. Could the Phillies bring back Shane? If he still commands a five-year deal, the answer is no. As far as Bourn is concerned, his agent is Scot Boras, so he will command a huge contract. Fortunately for the Phillies, they have money to spend.
Get ready for a busy offseason Phillies fans; it should be an exciting one.