Five potential free-agent targets for the Phillies beyond Harper and Machado

A.J. Pollock could be a potential target for the Philadelphia Phillies
It's important to note with so much speculation about Manny Machado and Bryce Harper potentially being on the Phillies' radar that other potential options exist on the free-agent market. Below is a listing of five targets beyond Machado and Harper that Philadelphia could benefit from come next season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu: Health has long been a concern for the 31-year-old, but when he's on the mound he's extremely productive. The left-hander has a career 117 ERA+ to go along with a 3.40 FIP and 1.20 WHIP over 96 career starts. He hasn't pitched more than 150 innings in a season since 2014, but he was outstanding this past year, posting a 1.97 ERA over 15 starts. He's a gamble but could provide excellent value, especially on a two or three-year deal.

Nate Eovaldi: The 28-year-old would slide in likely as the No. 3 starter in the Phillies rotation behind Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta. A righty with upside, he's coming off a career year with nearly nine strikeouts per nine innings and a 112 ERA+. He also was outstanding in the postseason for Boston. He's not a flashy choice, but he'll provide some consistency to a rotation that sputtered at times last season.

A.J. Pollock: If Harper isn't int he cards for the Phils, then Pollock could be the next target. He finished last season with a career-high 21 homers and 65 RBIs over just 113 games. Like Ryu, he's injury prone but when healthy competes at an extremely high level. He was an All-Star and won a Gold Glove in center field back in 2015, the one season in his seven-year career that he played in more than 140 games.

Josh Donaldson: A former MVP, he has the potential to transform the Phillies' lineup as he brings power and can consistently get on base. He carries an outstanding OPS+ of 138 over eight major league seasons. At his peak, he crushed 41 homers to go with 123 RBIs for Toronto in 2015. The Phillies could benefit from a fraction of that production. He also has a stellar glove and would be an upgrade to the Phils defensively.

Patrick Corbin: Another hurler, the 29-year-old lefty is fresh off a career year where he pitched to a 3.15 ERA over 33 starts. He also finished third in the National League in strikeouts (246) and seventh in WAR (4.6). He'll be tough get as the Yankees are sure to make a serious run as they too need help in the rotation, but he could be a legitimate target for the Phillies, especially if things go south with Machado or Harper.

As free agency opens, we'll explore in deeper detail some other targets that potentially could land in Philadelphia.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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