By Harry Allison

Even with yesterday’s bizarre Phillies win over the Mets, facilitated by New York’s meltdown in the eighth winning, the Phiuls offense needs help.

And The Athletic’s Jim Bowman has an idea:

The Phillies lost first baseman Rhys Hoskins and his 30-homer bat for the season when he suffered a torn ACL in spring training. Their lineup can be potent but has struggled to hit for power.

Alec Bohm has played both first and third base in Hoskins’ absence; reserves Kody Clemens and Edmundo Sosa have played some at first and third, respectively.

The Phillies are patiently preparing Bryce Harper to play first base, once he and his surgically repaired elbow are ready to do so, but that might not be until around Aug. 1 (and could take longer) and it’s a scenario filled with unknowns.

Adding Paul Goldschmidt to their lineup would be a game-changer for the Phillies (and obviously, would subsequently create a big hole in St. Louis’).

In return, the Cardinals could ask for top prospect Andrew Painter, if his medicals don’t scare them, but Philadelphia would instantly reject that offer because the 20-year-old profiles as a future ace. (Painter is working his way back from an elbow injury and could join the Phillies rotation this season if all goes well.)

However, the Phillies might be willing to dangle Mick Abel, their second-best pitching prospect, or Griff McGarry, their third-best pitching prospect, along with a couple of mid-level type prospects.

Goldschmidt, 35, will be a free agent after the 2024 season.

The reigning NL MVP is having another strong year, as shown by his 2.4 WAR and 137 OPS+ to go along with 13 home runs, 38 RBIs and eight steals.

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