The Phillies are in need of a center fielder for next season as there is not currently one on the roster. Upton, 28, is the youngest center fielder on the market, and a five-tool player. While Upton's on-base percentage dropped to .298 last season and his batting average of .246 was his highest since 2008, he set a career high in home runs (28), while slugging .454 and stealing 31 bases. His power could potentially increase in hitter-friendly Citizens' Bank Park. He is also a plus defender, something not lost on a team with one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. He would also add some balance to a lineup that is heavy on lefthanded hitters.
Phillies interested in B.J. Upton
The Philadelphia Phillies, in need of a upgrade at center field, met with free agent B.J. Upton earlier this week and are said to 'love him.'