If the Phillies can’t afford to keep Jayson Werth, they’ll be short on right-handed pop and could be seeking a stopgap corner outfielder to help facilitate Domonic Brown’s transition to the Major Leagues.
Yesterday, Beerleaguers named outfielder Michael Taylor as the prospect the Phillies will miss most from the group of seven players who were moved out of the system in the Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay deals. Taylor has impressed at every level of the minor leagues, but aside from that, readers were looking ahead to a post-2010 lineup that will likely be without a right-handed power threat. With existing contracts set to rise, the Phillies will face even more payroll restrictions, even with several players coming off the books. It’s just one reason why old pal Pat Burrell could be a fit for what the Phillies need. Even if Burrell bounces back from his career-worst .221/.315/.367, he will have limited free agent appeal and could be willing to settle for less in order to wrap up his career in Philadelphia. He recently waxed nostalgic over his time in Philly. [Link] Burrell’s defensive limitations aren’t exposed quite as much at Citizens Bank Park, plus, the Phillies have a good fourth outfielder in the fold in Ben Francisco to lend late-game defensive relief. An outfield of Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Burrell, Brown and Francisco would balance versatility and pop on both sides of the plate.
A left/right platoon with Brown and Burrell is in keeping with how the Phillies have groomed many players at the Major League level, including Chase Utley and Werth.
Plus, Burrell becomes the interleague and World Series DH.