Phillies Looking Like They Are About To Add An Outfielder

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TBIOH: According to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, the Phillies are nearing a deal with four-year veteran outfielder Jorge Bonifacio. It is not clear whether the deal would be a minor- or major-league pact.

Bonifacio, 27, debuted four years ago with the Kansas City Royals. Spanning 113 games and 422 plate appearances as a rookie, playing mostly right field, the Dominican Republic native slashed .255/.320/432 with 15 doubles, 17 home runs, and 40 RBI.

The following spring training, however, Bonifacio was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing drug. Reinstated in late June, he finished the year slashing .225/.312/.360 with 16 doubles, four home runs, and 23 RBI in 69 games and 270 plate appearances.

Bonifacio only saw five games and 21 plate appearances during the 2019 season, in which he slugged three doubles and three RBI, before he was designated for assignment and released that November.

They need all the outfield help they can get at this point so another vet makes a lot of sense. Will this move make or break the season? No. If the Phillies are serious about contending, they will need to be buyers at the deadline. The question is, how much are they willing to pay?

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