Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has tweeted that the Philadelphia Phillies are actively looking to trade outfielder Domonic Brown. In return, Philly is looking for “controllable starting pitching”. The Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for power-hitting, corner outfielder and have “controllable” starting pitching. Doesn’t that sounds like a match between the Phils and the D’backs?
Brown is coming off a breakout, All Star season in which he hit 27 home runs and 83 RBI’s with a slash line of .272/.324/.494. He has long been a tease to the fans of the Phillies and in 2013 he finally lived up to his considerable promise. An advantage for the D’backs in acquiring the 26 year old Brown is that is not arbitration-eligible yet and will not become a free agent until after the 2017 season. Acquiring Brown will almost certainly cost the team Tyler Skaggs and perhaps a minor league infielder such as Mike Freeman or Jake Lamb.
An important question for the D’backs to consider is do they expect this type of production to continue from Brown or is this a case of Philadelphia selling high? I am sure Kevin Towers will be seeking out Phils’ GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. in order to weigh what it will take to bring the lefty-hitting outfielder to Chase Field.