MLB Rumors 2017: Philadelphia Phillies Eyeing Brandon Moss, Michael Saunders, Jose Bautista

By James Johansson, Posted: 01/04/17 11:47AM EST
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St. Lous Cardinals first baseman Brandon Moss is reportedly one of the targets of the Philadelphia Phillies heading into the 2017 MLB season.(Photo : Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies are in rebuilding mode and are reportedly looking for additional bat before the 2017 MLB season begins. And based on recent reports, the Phillies are eyeing deals with Brandon Moss, Michael Saunders or Jose Bautista this offseason.

The Phillies secured the services Howie Kendrick and Clay Bucholz, while also retaining Jeremy Hellickson. But while they look done making moves this offseason, a report from Fox Sports MLB insider Ken Rosenthal says otherwise.

Rosenthal revealed that the Phillies are planning to make a run at Moss and Saunders, especially if it will not cost them a lot. He added that that Philadelphia still have a good shot at landing key pieces before next season because of their payroll flexibility and possible playing time they could offer to a free agent.

Saunders is coming off arguably the best season of his career after hitting .253 last season with 24 home runs and 57 RBIs for Toronto Blue Jays. On the other hand, Moss averaged .225 with 28 home runs and 67 RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals.

But aside from Saunders and Moss, the Phillies have another intriguing target. Rosenthal revealed that Philadelphia are still considering Bautista, who is still available on the free agency market.

Bautista, who has spent the past nine seasons with the Blue Jays, hit .234 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs last season. According to the report, Bautista might prioritize playing for a contender, knowing that he is already 36. However, the Phillies could swing a deal if they are willing to offer a two-year deal worth around $30 million.

Bautista received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, which means his next team will have to surrender a draft pick as compensation. But for the Phillies, they will only need to surrender a second-rounder since their first-round pick is protected. According to Marc Normandin of SB Nation, a deal for Bautista makes a lot of sense for the Phillies.

"You can go back and forth on this, though, since a rejuvenated, healthy Bautista could bring in much more in a trade than what a second-round pick would likely become," Normandin wrote. "So it all depends on how much the Phillies believe he can rebound."



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