MLB Trade Deadline: Who the Philadelphia Phillies Should Target at the Deadline
With the upcoming trade deadline looming, the Phillies have a big hole in the outfield.
Ruben Amaro will need to make the necessary moves to set this team over the top and contend for a championship.
They have the pitching, they have the fielding, now they just need that one bat to bring the lineup together.
Wily Mo Pena
Wily Mo Pena would bring a huge lift in power to the middle of the lineup.
In just 13 games this season, Pena has hit five homers.
He wouldn't be brought in for his fielding, but he would shore up the five hole in the Phillies lineup.
Charlie Manuel has chosen to go with an average hitter in the five spot all season, with Victorino and Polanco.
Neither player has hit well while batting behind Ryan Howard.
Bringing in Pena would allow Manuel to move one of those players down in the lineup.
Philly wouldn't have to give up much to acquire the slugger. I'm thinking Ben Francisco for Pena straight up or throw in a prospect.
Ryan Ludwick is batting .251 with 10 homers while batting in the cleanup spot for the Padres this season.
Ludwick's potential is sky high.
He won the Silver Slugger Award in 2008 while playing with the Cardinals with a .299 batting average, 37 homers and 40 doubles.
Since then, he has seen a dip in his production, but he is still a very solid upgrade from the current players Philadelphia has in the corners of the outfield.
Ludwick would be a little more expensive than Pena.
I think he could be had for Francisco or Raul Ibanez and a prospect or two.
Carlos Beltran's stint with the Mets has been quite forgettable.
He has been bitten by the injury bug, and he has been stuck on a lousy team.
A change of scenery would be best for Beltran's career.
He's hitting .281 with 12 home runs this season.
Beltran has the potential to hit anywhere in the first five spots of the lineup and be productive. He also brings solid defense to the outfield position.
He can hit for power, and steal a base if needed. He is a great all-around player the Phillies could use for a long playoff run.
The Mets would want a lot in return for him.
Most likely, Philly would have to part ways with one of their young prospects, like Dom Brown or John Mayberry Jr.
Willingham is hitting .231 with 10 homers this season.
He is currently on the DL which poses a little problem in acquiring him. He is expected back after the All-Star break.
Willingham is another solid all-around player. He has thrived in the past while batting fifth so he can be a good addition to the lineup.
Willingham could be easy to acquire.
I think giving up Ibanez or Francisco could bring him to Philly.