Veteran Slugger named as Phillies ‘potential trade target’

The Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in the MLB before playing on May 20. The Phillies plan to add “reinforcements” at the deadline, according to David Murphy of The Philadelphia Inquirer. In a story outlining “Ten potential Phillies (rental) trade targets to check ahead of the MLB deadline,” Murphy mentioned Tommy Pham of The Chicago White Sox.

Murphy noted that there were four teams that qualified for the postseason in 2023 and were at least four games below .500 as of May 19. The number of teams with winning ambitions that are underperforming “points to a robust rental market before July 30,” Murphy wrote.

“That all bodes well for the Phillies, who could be looking for near-term reinforcements at corner outfield and backup catcher, as well as the back of the bullpen,” Murphy wrote.

Phillies’ interest in Pham

“Stable veteran with postseason experience, including that big home run against the Phillies in last year’s NLCS. After spring training, he signed a one-year contract with the White Sox,” Murphy wrote of Pham.

The 36-year-old has played his entire career around the majors. He played on eight teams in eleven seasons. In addition to the White Sox, Pham played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pham signed one one-year, $3 million deal with the White Sox after spring training. He made his debut on April 26, but the Phillies were interested in him before the deal was finalized. However, the “economics” of his deal with the White Sox ultimately helped inform his decision.

“Pham was asked by reporters on his first day with the Chicago White Sox why he chose to sign there,” Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reported on April 28. “Was it the opportunity to be an everyday player instead of just a few times a week? week like the Phillies wanted? Was it to be able to live and play in beautiful Chicago? No. “It only came down to one,” he told reporters. ‘The economy.’”

The Phillies’ outfield has not lived up to expectations thus far. Brandon Marsh and Nick Castellanos both have batting averages under .250. They have combined for just 10 home runs and Castellanos’ OPS is just .576.

White Sox want to trade Pham

The White Sox posted the worst record in baseball on May 19. The club already dealt Dylan Cease to the Padres before the season started and “hopes to trade Pham,” Nightengale said.

“Outfielder Tommy Pham just joined the White Sox a week ago, but is already their best healthy player and could be their top candidate to represent the team at the All-Star Game,” Nightengale wrote on May 5. coming off their worst start in franchise history, they are still hoping to trade Pham to the highest bidder before the trade deadline.”

Pham has a .333/.379/.481 slash line in 21 games this season. He hit two home runs and drove in ten. The veteran can play all over the outfield and is a career .261 hitter. He has hit 132 home runs in his career. He could bring some needed production from the Phillies’ outfielders.