MLB Free Agents: landing spots for the top three players

The Phillies may prefer signing Strasburg for a lower AAV. Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images.
The Phillies may prefer signing Strasburg for a lower AAV. Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images. /
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Top 3 MLB Free Agents

Anthony Rendon – Philadelphia Phillies

Yes, the Phillies will again lob a great sum of money in the general direction of the former star of their division rival in hopes of a postseason berth. Rendon would seamlessly round out the Philadelphia lineup and provide admirable defense in the process.

An addition such as this would clearly add the immense depth that the Phillies lacked in 2019 when injury struck. The overarching liability in 2019 was pitching woes- no depth behind Aaron Nola in the rotation and a lack of reliable candidates in the bullpen.

While adding Rendon alleviates none of these pressing issues, it does provide a way to conquer them. Such an overwhelming offense can trump lackluster pitching and there is no foreseeable reason why the Phillies should have such a sub-par collection of pitchers in 2020.

They might lose out on the splashy names of Cole and Strasburg, yet could easily grab a highly undervalued Zack Wheeler or Jake Odorizzi– both of whom can easily provide 160-175 solid, reliable innings, if not more.

The bullpen market is rife with options that are there for the taking, as well, but the Phillies will likely have to spend wisely here due to the money locked into current investments and the potential one for Rendon.

Overall, there are plenty of other options for Rendon, yet the Phillies may become desperate if they lose out on Strasburg and Cole- causing them to ante up.