Report: Phillies Made Offer to All-Star Brantley
The Phillies have been out to improve the consistency of their lineup this offseason. One place where the Phillies might be out to improve is the outfield. While the Phillies are said to be eyeing big targets such as Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, there are other free agents who could help the Phillies. One of them might be outfielder Michael Brantley.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer noted that the Phillies are among the teams who have made an offer:
Brantley has reportedly received offers from Atlanta, Philadelphia and the White Sox. The Indians did not offer Brantley a one-year $17.9 qualifying offer on Friday.
Brantley is hitting free agency for the first time.
Brantley was an All-Star in 2018 as left fielder for the Indians. Brantley batted .309 with 17 home runs and 76 runs batted in, while compiling an OPS of .832. Brantley was also an All-Star in 2017, but injury is going to give some pause in committing to Brantley.
Brantley opened 2016 on the disabled list after having shoulder surgery. Brantley aggravated his shoulder and was on the disabled list again by May. In June of 2017, Brantley was placed on the disabled list with a sprained ankle. Brantley opened 2018 on the disabled list as well, but was activated April 6 and remained healthy the rest of the season.
The Phillies have many outfielders in the mix right now: Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr, Roman Quinn, and Odubel Herrera. Hoskins could return to first base, depending on what the Phillies do with Carlos Santana. The Phillies