It was revealed this week that the Phillies and free agent Michael Saunders are close to deal that will bring the outfielder to South Philly.
This offseason the Philadelphia Phillies have been looking to strengthen their outfield with not only a bat but also someone that could make that throw to the plate. It looks like their search may be over. It has been reported that Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders is very close to signing a one-year contract.
Saunders was an All-Star with the Jays last season. He finished the regular season with a .253 average which included 124 hits, 57 RBI, and 24 home runs.
What did the Phillies outfielders do last season? The highest average among the starting outfielders was .286 which belonged to Odubel Herrera. He completed the season with 167 hits, 49 RBI, and 15 home runs. Herrera wasn’t the weak link that the Phillies were trying to replace. Although there were early trade talk rumors he will be starting in center field come April.
However, the next highest average was .251 which belonged to right fielder Peter Bourjos. He only played in 123 games but his numbers could have been stronger. He had 89 hits, 5 HR, and 23 RBI.
Tyler Goeddel had the most starts in left field last season with 92. He finished with a .192 average with just 41 hits, 4 HR, and 16 RBI.
Saunders will most likely be taking over the right field position. Not only did he have a great regular season he played awesome during the postseason. With 21 at bats he had an average of .381 with 1 HR and 8 hits.
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I think that Saunders will make a great addition to the team. He recently turned 30 and has tons of life left in his baseball career. It will be fun to watch what he and the Phillies can do this year and if he will become a part of the future of the team.