As general manager Matt Klentak creates his free agent shopping list, he undoubtedly will have names like Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler and Cole Hamels somewhere on that list. He will likely have Anthony Rendon, Mike Moustakas or Josh Donaldson on that list, too. There will be a number of relief pitchers and other position players that will draw the Phils’ interest, and obviously, we’re all obsessing about the top-of-the-line names
But many times, teams improve most around the margins, and the Phillies have been terrible at finding those types of players in previous off-seasons. Not every need can be filled with a big-money guy. Sometimes, needs must be filled with under-the-radar names, names that could turn out to be big contributors to a pennant-winner.
Below are the names of five players who could probably be had on cheap one or two year deals that should be higher on your lists than they probably are.
Tanner Roark – SP
Roark is not a sexy name, but he had a nice season for Oakland last year and his numbers indicate he might be better in 2020.
Last season he gave up 1.52 home runs per nine innings (HR/9), 10th highest among qualified starters, but…