Just for fun
There are reports that the Phillies have been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, so much so that it’s no certainly that they’ll even try to re-sign J.T. Realmuto.
With that in mind, I could put together a more feasible trade idea here, but I figured I’d throw that out the window for one slide here, just for kicks. I know I said I wouldn’t go too off board in the opening, but this is my over-the-top exception.
Blue Jays get: (14.5)
Phillies get: (17.8)
This might look lobsided, but there’s an explanation. That would be the fact that the Phillies would be dumping Harper just two years into his mammoth 13-year, 330 million dollar pact he signed ahead of the 2019 season. According to baseballtradevalues.com, is value is -92.9 because of the contract.
If this came to fruition, the Phillies would basically start another re-set, and it may not be a terrible idea. Moreno would help soften the blow of losing Realmuto, and Van Eyk has some nice upside as a mid-rotation starter or better. Young would be a roll of the dice outfielder, and is the 30th ranked prospect in the Blue Jays’ system.
Of course, Nola would be a beautiful fit with the Blue Jays, but Harper might be another story. They don’t really need another corner outfielder, and committing to his contract would be a tall order. He’s past the days where he can function as a centre fielder, and may even need to move to first base in a few years. That’s not ideal with 11 years to go on his deal. Still, imagine Harper hitting third between Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez? It would make for a scary sight for opposing pitchers.
Still, I’ll admit that this one isn’t happening. It’s fun to think about though.