Third base for the Phillies has been an issue for the team for some time. Using Baseball Reference’s Play Index shows us that futility with the bat at the hot corner has been a big issue since the beginning of the century.
Now, there have been some decent players there, with Pedro Feliz and Placido Polanco providing excellent gloves there during the most recent set of glory years, negating their weak hitting. But with the game asking for more offense seemingly every year, the inability of the team’s third basemen to produce at even a league average level is a pretty large stain on their team ledger.
It’s not for lack of effort. As I mentioned in the Maikel Franco review, the team gave him a lot of rope when it came to trying to improve because he was touted as a pretty high level prospect. Now, with a new set of field managers coming in and having the background and clout that they have, it’s looking more and more likely that the team will move on from Franco and look to upgrade at the position. So, where does the team go from here? Here are five possible scenarios the team could explore.