FoxSports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal is reporting that in addition to Colorado’s Matt Holliday, the Phillies have inquired about right-handed hitting outfielders Xavier Nady and Matt Kemp.
Beerleaguer: These are two of the National League’s top five leaders in batting average on balls in play (BABIP), which measures the number of batted balls that fall safely for a hit, not including home runs. That’s normally a red flag suggesting luck is involved. Nevertheless, both of these guys would provide a boost to the offense. Nady and Kemp are also two of the top six line drive hitters in the league, with Nady having an extreme career year (.327/.382/.528, 140 OPS+). Kemp's at .287/.340/.461, 106 OPS+.
Nady qualifies as one of the league's most overlooked players, but it's Kemp who intrigues me more. It’s a longshot to get him, however, but we'll play along. I never quite understood why the Dodgers insisted on impeding his progress. He’s an impressive, young, bluechip player. They’re finally letting the 23-year-old get after it this season in a full-time role.
An offensive upgrade would be nice, but there’s also a chance, with the weakest part of their schedule ahead of them, that the Phillies' offense will be fine. So if they set out to acquire help, let it be a young player they could build around. Nady, who's 29, gets hurt a lot, for whatever reason. This is a team that needs to start injecting fresh bodies into their starting lineup, particularly at the power positions.