I read some scuttlebutt last night about the Philadelphia Phillies possibly honing in on free agent to be Carlos Beltran this winter.
If every free-agent signee were able to guarantee a replication of the previous year’s performance, Beltran would be No. 1 on the Phillies’ list. In 600 plate appearances for the Cardinals in 2013, he hit .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs. More important than Beltran’s overall numbers is the fact that he is a switch-hitter who carries a career .289/.355/.523 batting line facing lefties from the right side of the plate. In other words, he would offer the Phillies’ left-heavy lineup more balance than virtually any other free-agent candidate.
The writer went onto speculate that the Phillies may face a strong challenge by the Mets in targeting the same middle tier options for the outfield.
This is relevant to the Phillies’ outfield situation mostly because the Mets’ outfield situation is the worst in the National League. How bad did things look at Citi Fie...