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Following his second straight World Series victory, Joc Pederson has declined his 2022 club option with the Atlanta Braves, making him a free agent. Pederson is a prime candidate to fill the absences left in the Philadelphia Phillies depth chart after the club declined the options of outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera.

Pederson would be a perfect fit for the Phillies as he is an offensive-centered player, which would do more than fill the hole left by McCutchen. 

In the 2021 season, Pederson played for the Chicago Cubs and in July, was acquired by the Braves. By the end of the season, Pederson hit .238/.422/.731, with 18 home runs and 61 RBI. 

His numbers this season didn't match those of two years ago when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .249/.538/.876 while belting 36 home runs and driving in 74, but he was still serviceable and played a huge role in the Braves' postseason run.


Although he isn't as big of an offensive contributor as fellow free agent Nick Castellanos, Pederson has something more important to a contending Philadelphia roster, World Series success.

Each season the Phillies come closer and closer to making their way into the playoffs, but they always fall short. One of many reasons for this could be the lack of playoff experience that the current roster has. Pederson may possess the experience or knowledge of how to get them over that hump. Pederson has played in seven playoff series so far, and most importantly, been a part of four trips to the World Series.

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

If President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and the rest of Philadelphia's front office value playoff experience, acquiring Pederson could make sense for the club in 2022.

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