The offense has been clicking, as June always seems to be the Phillies’ tide-turning month.
Yet, even after a substantial 15-game run, the Phillies still find themselves behind the Marlins and Braves, as both also had great recent stretches.

The Marlins just won 12 of their last 15. The Braves have won 13 of their last 15 as well. Even with the great stretch the Phillies had, they still find themselves 8 games back of the Braves entering the 3 games series starting today, making it more and more likely that their path will be through the wildcard.

As Phillies fans are starting to feel the magic spark that took this team to the World Series last year, trade rumors are beginning to swirl.

And now, it’s time to look at one of the last remaining questions for this roster…. Should the Phillies make a trade for a 1st Basemen?

Every summer, MLB trade rumors start running rampant. It’s a tradition that starts in June and runs to the final seconds before the MLB trade deadline, where fans stalk Twitter for updates from their favorite bloggers and major media outlets. Even opposing teams beat writers, hoping that their teams may lock up the final piece to put them over the top to bring home a championship. And as we continue through the dog days of summer, the Phillies find themselves all over the rumor mill. The big name that the Phillies have been linked to…. Paul Goldschmidt.

Coming into the 2023 season, the Phillies found themselves in a strange spot. They continued to internally investigate if they should or should not bring back Rhys Hoskins as he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

That question has only become harder to find an answer for as Rhys tore his ACL in spring training and will miss the entire regular season, hoping to make a return in the playoffs. Rhys is a fan favorite when it comes to this city. He is well known for his charitable actions, acting as a Phillies’ ambassador since his call-up back in 2017. However, Rhys does have question marks that leave more to be desired. On the one hand, you have one of the better power hitters in baseball, averaging 36 home runs and 90 RBIs in a 162-game span. On the other hand, you have a 1st baseman who has struggled quite a bit in the field and is more than likely set to become a DH sooner rather than later, as well as someone who goes through horrific stretches where he can’t hit water if he fell off a boat. Due to how the Phillies team is currently structured, they cannot afford to pigeonhole themselves with Hoskins at DH since Kyle Schwarber will be the holder of this role for 2 more seasons.

Not only this but Rhys is also represented by Scott Boras, the notorious MLB agent known for getting players the best contracts. The Phillies have already committed to spending over the luxury tax, but if you are going to do so, does it make more sense to go all in for a true star as opposed to Rhys? With Rhys Hoskins out for the entire season, the Phillies have platooned Alec Bohm and Kody Clemmons at first, more specifically when Hall went down with an injury. The pairing has done fine, for what it’s worth, but you can tell that the power from Hoskins is missing.

Paul Goldschmidt

This brings us to the St. Louis Cardinals, who have been arguably the most disappointing team in baseball this year, looking like a complete shell of the team that won 93 games last year and lost to the Phillies in the 2022 playoffs. They find themselves dead last in the horrible NL Central, 13 games below .500. With each passing loss, it is becoming apparent that the Cardinals are going to be sellers at the deadline and are expected to make the 2022 NL MVP, Paul Goldschmidt, available among others and the Phillies have been linked to him by every major baseball source. Goldy is under contract through the 2024 season, meaning the team that acquires him will have him for potentially 2 playoff runs. Pauly G will be 36 this September but has shown no signals of wearing down. He is a 4x Gold Glover, 5x Silver Slugger, and the reigning MVP. But at what cost?

Dombrowski has been known as a “Big Splash” type of GM, typically giving up major prospects in exchange for big names, yet has avoided doing so since taking the Phillies GM role. He avoided giving up his top 3 pitching prospects that every team seemed to covet in Painter, Abel, and McGarry last year, choosing to part ways with top-catching prospect Logan O’Hoppe. Acquiring a guy like Goldy will cost you multiple top prospects, most likely Abel, McGarry, and a few other lower-level prospects.

This seems to leave the Phillies with 2 options…

Option 1 // Keep the Team As Is

You continue to run the platoon with Bohm/Clemens and keep the prospects we have. This option would allow you to keep your current core prospects and most likely would give Harper some time at 1st Base when he is ready to be in the field. Harper recently ramped up his throwing activity, throwing from 90 today. Harper has never played 1st Base before. However, it’s becoming more and more apparent that this team needs to find a way to get Kyle Schwarber out of left field.

This is more of a long-term play where you continue to grow your farm system and work with what you have.  If the Phillies went with these 3 options as well as Darick Hall returning from the IL, the Phillies would most likely avoid a smaller-priced 1st base option.

Option 2 // You Go All-In For a High-Profile 1st Basemen

Paul Goldschmidt would be a huge pickup, giving you a core of Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos, Trea Turner, and Goldy. This would be a win-now move, giving you this power core until at least the end of 2024. It does signify that Hoskins is gone at the end of the season.

Not only would you be adding the 2022 MVP to this lineup, but you would also be adding in a 4X Gold Glover, a significant upgrade defensively for a team that needs it.

The question is… what should Dave do?

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