The Phillies have signed free agent OF/1B Kyle Schwarber to a 4-year/$79m contract. Schwarber adds championship experience and has been to the playoffs multiple times throughout his career. Schwarber also provides power from the left side as well as a sure-fire leadoff hitter for Joe Girardi. If the Phillies are done signing free agents now and don’t make any trades, their opening day lineup could look something like this:
- Kyle Schwarber, LF
- Jean Segura, 2B
- Bryce Harper, RF
- JT Realmuto, C
- Rhys Hoskins, DH
- Alec Bohm, 1B
- Didi Gregorious, SS
- Odubel Herrera/Matt Vierling, CF
- Johan Camargo, 3B
I have Camargo starting the year at third because I don’t think the Phillies will give Bryson Stott the opening day shortstop position unless he absolutely rakes during Spring Training. In order to move on from Didi, Didi has to play. He has to play pretty well too. If he plays well during the first month of the season, they should get whatever they can for him on the trade market. Stott will be the starting shortstop by the beginning of June. Camargo gets third because I also doubt the Phillies will let a combination of Nick Maton/Luke Williams/Bryson Stott hold it down. Stott should stick at short for the majority of his big league career. Maybe they give Scott Kingery another chance, but at least right now, Kingery looks like nothing more than organization depth that would be recalled if injuries start to hit.
Schwarber hits leadoff here over Jean Segura because Jean gets on base by hitting the ball. He doesn’t walk much. The Phillies value walks so much and walks are a big reason why they took Moniak at #1 overall back in 2017. Schwarber’s slash line with the Red Sox was .291/.395/.957. That’s pretty good for a leadoff hitter. He also had seven homers and 18 RBIs in the 41 games he played in Boston.
Bryce, JT, and Rhys are pretty much locks at 3-4-5. Girardi might decide to hit Rhys fourth and JT fifth but that’s beside the point. Since Hoskins is DHing, Bohm will play first because the Phillies have no one that can other than Schwarber or JT. JT could definitely see time as the DH as well. Wouldn’t surprise me if he catches in one game of a doubleheader then either DHs or plays first in the second game.
Didi will play short if he wins the job. The Phillies’ plan for center is to have Odubel and Vierling platoon. Not sure which one starts the opener, probably depends who they face. Camargo gets the nod at third because he has experience playing in the NL East and is at least reliable defensively.