As the offseason has progressed, the Philadelphia Phillies have done a pretty nice job of filling their needs. They have acquired a center fielder in Ben Revere, a third baseman in Michael Young, a veteran set-up man in Mike Adams and a fifth starting pitcher in John Lannan. Overall, the offseason has been a success for the Phils, though it's been strange to see it go by without any marquee or high-profile moves.
However, the Phillies do still have one need, and that's a corner outfielder. So far, they have not had any luck in finding one, and as of now, the Phillies would be going with platoons in either corner consisting of Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf, John Mayberry, Jr. and Laynce Nix.
That's not exactly encouraging.
If the Phillies do want to make any big moves that would also take care of the corner outfield hole at this stage of the offseason, their best target should be Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Upton, who has been involved in the rumor mill for quite some time now, has been placed on the trading block following the D'backs' signing of Cody Ross to a three-year deal.
Are the Phillies necessarily the perfect fit for Arizona in a trade? No.
But is Upton the perfect fit for the Phillies? Absolutely, and here are the five reasons why.