The Phillies didn’t land Manny Machado from the Orioles, but they are now said to be considering another Baltimore star – longtime Orioles center fielder Adam Jones.
The Phillies’ most obvious issues are on the left side of the infield and in the bullpen, but they could also use one more outfielder. The Phillies have made positive clubhouse influences important, as they signed Carlos Santana and Jake Arrieta over the winter. Jones is known as one of the best clubhouse guys in the game; he’s a team-first player who is perpetually upbeat.
While the Phillies continue to look at infielders who can hit and relievers with experience, Jones would be a nice outfield upgrade. Nick Williams hasn’t taken a big step forward this year, and Aaron Altherr was recently sent to the minors, so defense would be an important aspect of any outfielder the Phillies added. Jones is one of the best there is.
Philadelphia has been tied to anther outfielder or two, including Curtis Granderson, according to Ken Rosenthal. And now that the Orioles have traded their two best chips in Machado and closer Zach Britton, they are moving on to two more free agents: reliever Brad Brach and Jones.
The Indians, who have an outfield deficit and a short (but powerful) lineup, are among the other teams connected to Jones. The Phillies are looking at infielders such as Minnesota's Eduardo Escobar and others, as well as a host of relievers, one assumes. They have also been connected to former Phillies star Cole Hamels, but general manager Matt Klentak recently told MLB.com adding to the rotation isn’t their priority.
Instead, a potential impact bat may be on the agenda. If it's attached to Jones, the Phillies could add another great veteran presence, solidify the outfield defense and provide a landing spot for Jones, where he would have an impact in another pennant race, all at the same time.
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