Despite the midseason acquisition of Hunter Pence, the Philadelphia Phillies still ultimately fell short because of a lack of run production in the postseason.
Left field is a position that will need to be filled, as Raul Ibanez just finished a three-year, $31.5 million deal and won’t be back as the starter, if at all. Top prospect Domonic Brown will be spending the season in Triple-A, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
Third baseman Placido Polanco still has one year left on his three-year deal with the team, and a steep decline in his offensive numbers down the stretch last year indicates the Phillies may need an upgrade. In fact, manager Charlie Manuel has said he would like an upgrade if possible.
Michael Cuddyer hasn’t spent much time in left field as of late, but if he can play right field competently enough, he should be able to play left field.
After the defensive play of Pat Burrell for nine years and Ibanez for three, Phillies fans won’t complain as long as Cuddyer can catch a fly ball. Cuddyer can also fill in at first base while Ryan Howard recovers from his torn Achilles tendon, second base should Chase Utley get hurt again and even center field if Shane Victorino—three DL stints in the last two years—goes down with another injury.