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Cuddyer could be the perfect fit.
It is no secret that the Phillies offense is lefty heavy.
In the past the Phillies have always performed well against left-handed pitching. While the team sports a 16-7 record against lefty starters, that is almost entirely due to strong pitching performances by the Philly staff.
Ben Francisco has underperformed while Raul Ibanez remains his streaky self—when hot, he handles all pitching, regardless of which arm is throwing the ball; when cold, he can't touch any one, once again regardless of which arm is throwing the ball.
One option would be to discard Francisco for Mayberry.
While Mayberry struggled towards the end of his time in the bigs, he has always shown a propensity to hit left-handed pitching and plays far better defense than Francisco. Francisco does have options left, so he could conceivably be optioned to Triple-A.
Right-handed power bats are a premium and tough to come by. It is unlikely the Phillies would be able to acquire someone like Hunter Pence just because the price will be too steep.
Instead look for a platoon player—someone who can rotate with Ibanez while he is cold and spell Brown for a few games as well.
Here are some potential candidates for that role:
The former Met and Brave is your classic platoon split right-handed batter—he has always been able to handle lefties and has always struggled against right-handers.
Francoeur still thinks of himself as an everyday player; however, most of baseball knows better now.
He helped the Rangers down the stretch last year as a platoon bat and—as much as I hate to say it—could do the same in Philadelphia.
Cuddyer is someone who can crush left-handed pitching while playing adequate against right-handers. He would fit nicely into left field moving forward, although he is a free agent after the season and will likely be seeking a long-term deal.
The biggest concern in acquiring him is the money remaining on his contract this season.
Cuddyer has in the past also played first, second, and third base in addition to the outfield. He likely would be able to spend some time at third base should Polanco continue to struggle.
Blake is now a third basemen, although when he was with the Indians, he played a little bit of everywhere.
Acquiring Blake would mean acquiring a third-base/left-field hybrid.
Currently Polanco is mired in a two month long slump. Ibanez is also slumping. At least when Ibanez slumps he still gets extra base hits and walks. If Polanco isn't hitting, he is virtually useless—he barely walks and really only hits singles.
Upgrading with Blake would give the Phillies flexibility at second base, third base, and the corner outfield.