Philadelphia Phillies: 3 players to trade before the deadline

Jun 29, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits an RBI single against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits an RBI single against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen may not be the player that he once was, but he is still the type of veteran outfielder that can help a team down the stretch.

The former NL MVP still has some pop in his bat and enough speed to be a weapon. Although he has moved over to left with the Phillies, McCutchen is capable of playing all three outfield spots, even if he would best be considered a last resort in center at this point.

Even if his defense is declining, the bat is still there. His .227/.346/.426 batting line may not seem impressive, but that is worth a 114 OPS+ this season. He has also hit 13 homers and nine doubles while stealing five bases, showing the type of pop and speed that a team could use.

In theory, McCutchen would be more than a rental. He has a $15 million option for next season, although that is unlikely to be picked up. However, for a team looking for an upgrade, either in the outfield or at the designated hitter spot, McCutchen could help over the final few months.

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Andrew McCutchen may not be the player he once was, but the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder could still help a team looking to make a playoff push.