Former All Star Domonic Brown could be seeing a change of scenery soon. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies will look to shop Brown for a similar change-of-scenery type player.
Brown has hit .234/.284/.347 with 21 doubles, eight home runs and six stolen bases this season. That is far from the .272/.324/.494 he hit in 2013 along with his 27 home runs, 21 doubles, and 8 stolen bases. Brown has evidently flopped in the eyes of Philadelphia fans, who saw him as the up-and-coming new superstar of the MLB when he was the highest ranked prospect four years ago. He was a five tool player that was untouchable in the trade talks for players such as Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Roy Oswalt. The Philadelphia scenery has been anything but detrimental for Brown’s style of play. His fielding has become unreliable in left field, which is vastly different than the above-average right-fielder hype Brown received int he minors. His power has been inconsistent, speed non-existent, and his ability to get on base has dwindled. A change of scenery may be the best thing for Domonic Brown at this point, as the Phillies have given him a large amount of chances this year to right the ship.
Grady Sizemore has done a very good job with the Phillies during the second half of the season. In 44 games, he has hit .304/.360/.480 with 3 home runs and 9 doubles. Sizemore could fill the left field gap, as well as right-handed slugger Darin Ruf, who has .276 with 3 home runs with very limited at-bats. Another option is to either sign a free agent, or make a trade (which most likely would be the return for Domonic Brown) A good change-of-scenery player would be Dustin Ackley, who has not lived up to his full potential in Seattle, but could still bounce back in a new environment. Ackley has hit .255/.319/.405 with 11 home runs and 24 doubles through 128 games. He has had a better season than Brown, but has not shown the All Star statistics that Brown did in 2013.