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Phillies interested in Matt Chapman

The Phillies have expressed interest in A’s third baseman Matt Chapmanbut unsurprisingly, athletics put a big price tag on the Gold Glover. In exchange for Chapman, Oakland is asking for one of the Phillies’ top prospects as the centerpiece of a trade package, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, with names such as shortstop Bryson Stott or right handed Mick Abel and Andre Painter mentioned as the caliber of prospect Athletics would have in mind.

Since the Philadelphia agricultural system lacks top-notch talent, naturally the “Pthe hills have been reluctant to“Partnering with one of their best youngsters in a deal with Chapman,” Coffey writes. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has a long history of trading quality minor league talent for senior leaguers, and it’s possible that dropping another blue-chip prospect would simply be the cost necessary to keep Chapman away from the A’s.

While efforts to reduce the athletics payroll have already begun with the Chris Bassit trading with the Mets (a Phillies NL East rival, no less), Billy Beane’s front office isn’t going to move Chapman purely for salary purposes. players, consistently combining superb third base defense with big offensive numbers, especially in 2018 and 2019. Over the past two years, however, Chapman’s average and OBP totals have dropped, while his strikeouts have exploded — Chapman’s strikeout rate of 33.1% is the third best qualified hitter in baseball since the start of the 2020 season.

The Phillies and other trade suitors (the Yankees and Mariners were linked to Chapman earlier this winter) could use this downturn to try to negotiate a lesser trade return for the third baseman, but that tactic may not work. given the interest in his Chapman is set to earn a $9.5 million salary in 2022 and he also has another year left in arbitration in 2023, this extra scrutiny only adding to the lofty asking price. ‘Athletics.

Alec Bohm (himself a former top prospect) is slated for Philadelphia’s third base role for Opening Day, though Bohm’s defensive struggles have already led to speculation that a change in position could be in his future . help his cause, even though countless players have faced the so-called sophomore crisis. Theoretically, the Phillies could acquire Chapman, then move Bohm through the diamond in a split first base/DH with Rhys Hoskinsalthough such a move would then lock in the Phils’ DH spot.

Stott is also a factor in the team’s plans on the field, as the 14th overall pick in the 2019 draft was considered a candidate to both make his MLB debut in 2022 and also step into an immediate role. regular. if Didi Gregoire is traded, possibly at second base if the Phillies elected to deal instead Jean Seguraor maybe even the hot corner, should the Phillies decide to change Bohm’s position even without acquiring a proven veteran like Chapman. untouchable of the trio, given Stott’s importance to Philadelphia’s domestic plans.

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