1. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies stole one Dodgers pitcher in the offseason (Corey Knebel), so why not swipe another and reunite Price with Dave Dombrowski, who gave him his massive $217 million contract with the Boston Red Sox years back?
At this point, the Phillies need to add. They cannot subtract. With Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber and Nicholas Castellanos under contract for four-plus years, they’re in it to win it. The offense will eventually come around, so Dombrowski needs to keep beefing up the pitching staff by any means possible.
The rotation is rock solid, but Zack Wheeler’s poor start to the year has gotten worse with a stint on the IL after a COVID-19 diagnosis. Zach Eflin hit the shelf with Wheeler too, which further goes to show teams need more depth than they think. When some guys need rest down the stretch, having that sixth capable starter goes a long way.
Surprisingly, Philly’s bullpen has held up, but you know how that goes. It’s only a matter of time before it crashes and burns in spectacular fashion (oh wait, it already did when it allowed SEVEN runs in the ninth against the Mets last week to lose 8-7!). There’s no way Nick Nelson and Brad Hand don’t implode at some point. The same could be said about Jeurys Familia. Additionally, Seranthony Dominguez has only thrown 36 innings since the start of 2019.
Just like the Mets’ situation, Price could help out by providing spot starts in the back end, as well as multi-inning relief stints to keep the bullpen fresh or to piggyback a bad start. It’s not a foolproof solution, but for the Phillies to prepare themselves to compete down the stretch in a tough NL East, potentially acquiring Price would at least start them off on the right foot.