PHILS NL EAST LEAD DOWN TO 6: BETTER TRADE FOR OUTFIELD POWER!

By Art Beitchman

As the MLB trade deadline gets closer on July 30th, the Phillies are searching high and low for an outfielder that can slam home runs.

As of today, more than 70 games into the season, they have only 23 total long balls from their outfield, lead by Nick Castellanos who has 10.

They still have a nice, six-game lead over the Braves in the NL East, but when postseason games start the competition is tougher.

The Phils will need to score to win playoff battles, and they need to find a home run hitter they can depend on.

The stakes to go deep are on the table, some moves no doubt will be made.

Luis Robert Jr. is the most linked name to the Phillies.

However, there are many other options.

Another name to watch could be Miami Marlins’ 26-year-old outfielder Jazz Chisholm Jr.

Chisholm is a very promising talent and could be available for the right price ahead of the deadline. If he does become available, Philadelphia should definitely look into trading for him.

Throughout the 2024 season thus far, Chisholm has played in 72 games. He has slashed .266/.333/446 to go along with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

He boasts speed, power, and a lot of potential left to grow into. Chisholm is far from a finished product and could thrive playing with a legitimate contender.

And here’s how The Athletic’s Matt Gelb puts it:

The biggest concern would be a short series against Atlanta, in which the Phillies would face two lefties — Max Fried and Chris Sale.

Brandon Marsh would not start those games.

But the rest of the National League contenders feature few lefties. The Los Angeles Dodgers could have Clayton Kershaw and James Paxton in their postseason rotation.

The Milwaukee Brewers have no lefty starters. Neither do the San Diego Padres. The St. Louis Cardinals have none. The San Francisco Giants have Blake Snell and Robbie Ray, though both are currently on the injured list. The Chicago Cubs have Shota Imanaga and Justin Steele.

In essence, the Phillies are attempting to upgrade the Cristian Pache spot on the roster.

Pache, remember, started three of the first four postseason games last year. He did not appear again until he was used as a pinch hitter in Game 7 of the NLCS.

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