With the Phillies still in first place in late July, Matt Klentak has said the team is likely to make a move.
The latest rumor has the Phillies improving their bench. The team has reportedly talked to the Blue Jays about veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
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Though the 37-year-old is not the player he once was, he would be an upgrade over what the Phillies currently have. Struggling outfielder Aaron Altherr (.171/.290/.595) was optioned to Triple A and J.P. Crawford is still recovering from a fractured left hand. The team's current bench consists of Jesmuel Valentin (.182), Mitch Walding (hitless in 12 big league at-bats), Trevor Plouffe and whichever catcher has the night off.
Granderson is a veteran that can give Gabe Kapler a professional at-bat, has some pop and can play all three outfield spots. He's hitting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI in 235 at-bats this season with Toronto. He's also a free agent at the end of the season and is owed around $1.7 million. It won't cost the Phils much to acquire the 15-year vet.
It's been reported by NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury that the Blue Jays have already been scouting the Phillies' farm system in a possible trade for Toronto starter and former Phil J.A. Happ. Perhaps Granderson could be part of a bigger trade including Happ and/or third baseman Josh Donaldson? In either case, the Blue Jays should have a head start in picking out the prospect(s) of their liking.