The Philadelphia Phillies are set to be active this offseason in making big league acquisitions. They have already been linked in numerous trade scenarios and free agent discussions.
One trade scenario that makes sense is for Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman. Jim Bowden of The Athletic discussed how Chapman could be on the move and the Phillies should be in on him.
The A's are in full teardown mode as they look to pare payroll this upcoming season amid relocation rumors being in full swing. As such, a fire sale is likely to ensue while almost no player is off limits.
The Phillies need to address their third base issue. The future was supposed to be Alec Bohm, especially after a solid rookie campaign in which he slashed .338/.400/.481 and played serviceable defense. However, he was demoted to the minor leagues in 2021 after a lackluster season at the plate and on the diamond.
Someone has to man the "Hot Corner" and Philadelphia cannot continue to platoon the role on a regular basis. It's too important of a position. Instead, someone like Chapman could be a perfect fit.
A defensive whiz kid, the third baseman has three Gold Gloves to his name and has challenged Nolan Arenado as the best defensive third baseman in the game on multiple occasions.
However, many will point to his career .243/.330/.478 slashline as the reason not acquire him. Furthermore, his down 2021 season in which he hit just .210 may further dissuade some. Yet, his power is his calling card.
In 2021, he hit 27 home runs. In 2020, his 10 home runs projected out to 27 over the course of 162 games. And of course his best season at the plate came in 2019 in which he hit .249/.342/.506 with 36 home runs.
At 28-years-old, he is in his prime and team controllable through the 2023 season. Spotrac estimates that Chapman will earn $9.5 million in arbitration this season, his second time being eligible. He comes at a low-cost for a player in his prime and playing a premium position exceptionally well.
With additional defense and power needed on the roster, Chapman makes just too much sense for the Phillies to not at least inquire on with Oakland.
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