With Jayson Werth signing a mega deal with the Washington Nationals, the Phillies now have to weigh their options in right field. They could platoon a combination of Domonic Brown and Ben Francisco. However it is very likely that they look at external options to replace Werth.
There are a few ideal names that would appeal to the Phillies. Some guys include Magglio Ordonez of the Tigers, Carlos Quinton of the White Sox or Josh Willingham of the Nationals.
Whether it’s via trade, free agency, or just an internal promotion/platoon, the Phillies will need to address the huge hole left by Werth. They don’t necessarily have to repair the hole. They just have to plug the gap.
Magglio Ordonez – Ordonez is one of the bigger names out on the market. He is coming off a season in which he only played 84 games due to an ankle injury. Ordonez hit .303 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs in 323 at-bats this season. When healthy Ordonez can be one of the better hitters in the game. He can be a big game hitter and single-handedly carried the Detroit Tigers to the 2006 World Series with a walk-off home run off Huston Street. The only thing that makes me cautious is his health. If Ordonez comes back healthy, the Phillies would have a very suitable replacement for Werth. The Phillies are a lefty heavy lineup and the addition of Ordonez would mean another right-handed bat. Honestly I think it’s worth taking a risk. With Matt Diaz and Jeff Francoeur off the board and Crawford off to the Red Sox, Ordonez would be a nice fit in Philadelphia.
Carlos Quentin – Quentin could be a trade candidate to fill the right field spot. He is coming off a season in which he hit .243 with 26 home runs and 87 RBIs for the Chicago White Sox. Quentin is only a career .251 hitter and clearly isn’t a good contact hitter. He can’t hit left-handed pitching – boasting a .211 average against southpaws in 2010. Quentin could do better in the hitter friendly Citizens Bank Park seeing as he is a long ball hitter. However I don’t think he would fit well into this lineup. The Phillies already have some free swingers in this lineup and a undisclipined Quentin may not be the best acquisition.
Josh Willingham – Willingham is an intriguing option for the Phillies. He was an everyday player for the Marlins before moving to the Nationals two seasons ago. Now it’s not the big name that Phillies fans may be looking for but Willingham would be a nice addition to the roster. He is a career .265 hitter and his worst season featured 16 home runs. Willingham can play both corner outfield spots which helps with Raul Ibanez in left field and not much depth in right. Willingham can platoon with either Domonic Brown or Ben Francisco. He also has plenty of experience playing in the NL East, having been with the Marlins and Nationals. He’s a right-handed bat and that is the type of hitter that the Phillies need. The Phillies wouldn’t have to surrender much to trade for Willingham so it would be a sensable move.
Ben Francisco – Francisco is the potential in-house solution to replace Werth. He would likely platoon with Domonic Brown or a lesser free agent. Francisco is a career .263 hitter and has mostly played bench role since coming over to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee deal. I don’t feel like Francisco is the solution in right field. He is a great fastball hitter but really can’t hit any offspeed pitching. He is a very impatient hitter and I just don’t feel comfortable with him even platooning with another outfielder. I think the Phillies need to go outside the organization and make a move.